If you work in the business world long enough, you will notice that an employee reveals the most about his own personal work ethic, not when he starts out, not when he’s angling for a bonus or promotion, but at the end, when he gets a new job and gives his two weeks’ notice, or when he starts training his successor as he reaches retirement.
How hard does he work those final weeks? Does he still put the company first, or does he just phone it in? Or does he stuff his briefcase with office supplies, raid the petty cash drawer, and pilfer the prototype cabinet every evening before he goes home?
If he really gives it all he’s got, right up to the last day, then there’s a role model to remember with love.
The same goes for political leadership when it has had its walking papers served on Election Day, or even when that eventuality becomes evident, months in advance.