Politicians Should Strive to Be Like Great CEOs
Each of us reading here are experts in some field in life, or at the least know more empirical knowledge about one subject than others. This richness in knowledge and interest, in each of us, I argue, is what politicians need to tap into to run the societies of the 21st century.
Politicians should be called politicians for their ability to harness talent, understand research, and apply the first-principles perspective to their government, similar to a great CEO.
But there isn’t a politician that I can recall who will admit what they do not know. This is absurd.
With empirical, peer-reviewed, research at its core of operation, a government would effectively suit its name: a group of people who seek to make the social and economic realities of our lives better.
But we’ve shamed politicians for not knowing “everything” to the point that politicians fear admitting what they do not know. With that said, part of the problem in politics comes from this idea of politicians not successfully selling the public on the benefits of admitting what they do not know.
The benefits of not knowing everything, but having a science based core, allows government bodies to bring in experts to serve fields they have no scientific knowledge in. And by pooling talent, we could argue this process would far exceed the benefits of anyone sitting there, on live television, acting like they know what they are talking about.
The good news is democracy is a great way to tap into our talents and combine skills to make society a greater place, for all, but we can prove that, although things are better than ever, the core of science truly has not been embraced by governments as policies are continually created in spite of peer-reviewed scientific evidence.