On Monday night, in a moving and tearful 10-minute monologue about the Las Vegas shooting massacre, comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel captured the attention of a national audience by speaking with raw honesty and righteous, dignified anger, from his heart.

I want this to be a comedy show. I hate talking about stuff like this. I just want to laugh about things every night, but that -- it seems to becoming increasingly difficult lately. It feels like someone has opened a window into hell. And what I'm talking about tonight isn't about gun control, it's about common sense. Common sense says no good will ever come from allowing a person to have weapons that can take down 527 Americans at a concert. Common sense says you don't let those who suffer from mental illness buy guns.

This is not my attempt to use the ABC late-night host's call for common-sense to wage political warfare on my column. But rather, to acknowledge that Kimmel seems to be finding his voice as a leader by speaking out in a serious and thoughtful tone, while holding politicians accountable, about policies that he really cares about.

Monday's night monologue was his coming-of-age as a comedian turned leader, and as America's new "voice of reason." In doing so, he demonstrated one key and crucial leadership trait that not even the most powerful CEOs possess.

Kimmel's Authenticity

Kimmel's level of transparency and authenticity was on full display Monday night. He grew up in Las Vegas, so he was especially emotional and honest as he recounted the tragic events of Sunday night.

"Here we are again -- in the aftermath of another terrible, inexplicable, shocking and painful tragedy," he said. "This time, in Las Vegas, which happens to be my hometown." Choking back tears, he questions why "a human being would do something like this to other human beings who were at a concert, having fun and listening to music."

In our everyday work lives, people are so afraid of showing their feelings or being emotionally-honest, but its those things that most count when people look to the leader for answers. A stoic, restrained, and passionless leader hiding behind a poker face -- someone commissioned with directing and caring for others -- misses the boat entirely when he or she can't emotionally connect with the hearts of his or her followers. Jimmy Kimmel succeeded in connecting with our collective hearts.

The simple truth is that leadership (and life, really) is about people and relationships. And you can start with the proven fact that great leaders, as Kimmel has demonstrated on a national stage, are real people. He was authentic.

Kimmel showed another classy aspect of authentic leadership: praising the work of others in time of crisis. He talked of brave first responders who never let us down when we need them, and how the human spirit is elevated to urgent compassion and empathy as people help people in time of need, regardless of their politics or racial profile.

Thank God for the police in Las Vegas, who risked their lives trying to locate the man with the gun. Thank God for the doctors and nurses and firefighters and paramedics who rose to the occasion, as they always seem to do when we need them to. And for the concertgoers themselves who helped each other, who threw their bodies on top of each other, who drove their private cars full of people who were bleeding to the hospital. Don't forget them.

Closing Remarks

On Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel (as well as all other TV late-night hosts) went into crisis mode. We now find ourselves looking to Kimmel, as well as Fallon, Colbert, O'Brien, Meyers and the rest for guidance and are no longer surprised or disappointed when comedy sketches take a momentary back seat to real life.

Ironic perhaps, but Jimmy Kimmel has been put into the enviable position to speak with raw honesty to us, and for us, on behalf of the things we worry and care about for our country. That America is looking to people like Jimmy Kimmel to be the voice of justice, compassion and reason amid the lunacy, grief and chaos is an unexpected turn. But -- one we openly welcome to fill the leadership gap of politicians that don't have or refuse to give answers to the American people. Imagine that, we now turn to comedians to guide us and be our voice. And that is no laughing matter.