“True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.”
― Sheri L. Dew, Saying It Like It Is
I would think that it is difficult, if not impossible for a leader to lift people up if the leader is unwilling to be accessible and available to those they serve. One of the tests is leadership is “engagement vs. the ivory tower”. This test is simply a warning that when leaders lose contact with what’s “really going on out there”, their ability to make good decisions is severely compromised. I’ve previously shared with you the problems Duncanville has encountered by actions led by the current Mayor. A big part of that has to do with the fact that she refuses to interact with Duncanville residents who don’t agree with our current direction. The proof of this is in her refusal to attend a candidate forum despite being invited. Because of that, her initiatives spring from a narrow viewpoint, without any thought as to the impact to the entire community. The focus for the past two years has been on the one or the insider few to the detriment of all. That’s why our public treasury is lighter, our reputation has soured, and we wander aimlessly with progress all around us.
Think about it.