“The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” — Woodrow Wilson
Listening is a key ingredient for a successful leader. I began my campaign more than a year ago. At that time, I had my ideas and plans. I had thought them out and planned for How to implement them. I then began meeting people from all ends of the political and social spectrum and something started to happen with me. I changed in subtle ways.
As I met people from across Orange County I listened intently. I let them speak. They told me what concerned them. They told me about their stories. They showed me a vulnerable side of themselves and it drew me in.
Listening is an essential component of a leader, especially someone sitting on the Board of Supervisors. The willingness to change your mind when someone shows you the errors of your ways is priceless. If more civic leaders took this approach our country wouldn’t be so divided. I was a strong leader when the campaign started, but at this point I am a rock solid leader.
I’ve realized that recognizing the position of others and considering all aspects is essential to making decisions that affect a large number of people. I’ve learned that if I can’t explain the position of all interested parties to an issue, I’m not ready to make a good decision. Collaboration is the key here, not compromise. Compromise infers that someone gave up something whereas collaboration says all parties words together and agreed upon an approach.
When you elect me on June 5, 2018, you will be electing a leader who believes in collaboration, not compromise, listening not just talking and solving problems not just masking them. Isn’t it time you elect a leader who will represent your voice?
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