Think and ask before you vote

Letter from Suzanne Adams, Daily Local News, 5/19/15

As the primary elections approach and we must choose not between red and blue but between people of similar political persuasion, it’s useful to think more deeply about what makes a good leader. Democracy is a precious thing and democratic leadership requires that one bear the burden of leadership while remaining the servant of the people. Responsibility and humility — qualities which can be difficult to reconcile — but they are the foundation of successful leadership in a democracy.

The style is called, not surprisingly, “servant leadership” and Robert Greenleaf has written extensively about it. He notes, “The servant-leader is servant first … It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead….

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