The JCC of San Francisco hosted an amazing evening with Dan Rather, sponsored by the Jenerosity Foundation. Dan Rather was…well…Dan Rather. He was in town promoting his new book, Rather Outspoken.
He gave a compelling, humorous and insightful overview of the second half of the 20th century in the United States. He has a unique perspective as someone who delivered that history into our living rooms, and he was full of the kind of anecdotes and charm that either infuriate or amuse you.
But here’s the thing – at 82, he’s still as sharp as the mid-day sun on a hot, dusty Texas plain (See what I did there – a Ratherism).
Here are three takeaways I took from the Q&A that followed his formal remarks.
Leadership is needed now more than ever. In response to a question about the gridlock in Washington, DC, he shared that it was the worst he’d ever seen. He responded, however in an interesting way. He said that given the hyper-partisan nature of politics that it’s up to all of us to lead. He challenged us to find ways to use our “superpowers” in our communities to identify, build, and nurture solutions to challenges. He argued that the side benefit will be a sense of community and willingness of heart.