Leadership is a term that is widely used but not widely understood. It is used by almost every candidate without ever really defining what it is.
I believe leadership is a process of influence between leaders and followers with a shared sense of purpose. Leaders need to show a commitment to collaboration, engagement and dialogue. Personally, they must exhibit humility, transparency, and a passion for learning. And, they need to create a safe environment in which others can lead.
An effective leader has an honest understanding of their knowledge, ability and self. Equally important, they are fully aware that today’s issues are so complex that they can’t possibly know all the answers or do everything.
Most importantly, they recognize that it is the followers that determine if the leader is successful — not the leader. If the followers do not trust or have confidence in the leader, then it is the leader that has failed.
My Leadership Commitments
- Freedom of Information
- Strong Regional Representation
- Focus on Policy, Not Implementation