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What is that giant sucking sound?

It is not the sounds of jobs leaving our country due to the one-way trade agreements — there are not enough decent jobs left to be sucked away in their aftermath.

The sucking sound I’m referring to is caused by the vacuum of leadership in Lansing that is sucking the life out of Michigan. That particular lack of leadership is contributing to the petty partisan politics and the corruption of corporate special interests, which keeps the majority of the citizens in a death grip of lost opportunities and disenfranchisement.

If and when we get leaders in public office, we will see the out-of-control corruption and petty partisan politics curtailed, and turn that vacuum into a positive flow of innovation that will release our citizens from that death grip. The real irony is increased opportunities for everyone will cause our economy to expand and benefit the rich and middle class alike, and provide for our disadvantaged citizens the help to break the cycle of poverty.

Real leaders are not bought off or scared off from doing the right things. Real leaders:

– Set the bar high and inspire everyone — down to the last person — to do the same;

– Practice servant-leadership;

– Listen to others and value their input;

– Balance between self and service — service should always outweigh self;

– Project vision to others;

– Discover other people’s values:

– Be flexible with others leadership styles;

– Empower others to make positive change happen.

– Leaders forge paths for others.

– Some leaders may fall, but they learn from the experience and become stronger.

– To leaders, challenges are not road blocks, they are opportunities.

– Leaders do not make excuses.

– Leaders inspire, engage and educate.

– Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

– If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

– Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.

– A leader has to be an educator, visionary, innovator, motivator, communicator, facilitator and advisor.

It really isn’t rocket science, but it does require a strong sense of honor and courage. Take it from a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer.

Robin Sanders

— Ann Arbor, Mich.


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