Jumping into this race, I have certainly learned even more about who I am by putting myself out there publicly. Sharing with people what I believe and why I believe it, has really been something I have enjoyed.
Someone asked me recently “What kind of Leader are you?” That is not the typical question that I get from people during this campaign. I usually get questions like “What is your vision” or “What will be the first thing you will do when you are elected” and of course many others. Those are great questions, but “What kind of Leader are you” is an EXCELLENT question.
Recently I started putting a phrase on some of our material that says “Not a Politician…a servant Leader”. But what is a Servant Leader? I really believe that to be an effective leader, I must be willing to serve along side those that work in the Sheriff’s Office. I must will be willing to see that I am no greater than any person in the Sheriff’s Office, I will just have a different role to play. A Servant Leader does not sit at the top and order things done by those around him/her, the Leader must be willing to get their hands dirty and work along side those that they are responsible for. There is a tremendous difference between a “Boss” and a Leader. A boss says “go do it” and a Servant Leader says “Let’s go do it!”
Servant Leadership: Servant Leadership begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve…to make sure other peoples highest priority needs are met. (Greenleaf 1970)
The following are 10 characteristics of a Servant Leader published by Northouse in 2016.
- Listening – Servant Leaders listen first
- Empathy – Servant Leaders see the world through the eyes of others
- Heal – Servant Leaders wish to make the injured healed
- Awareness – Servant Leaders are aware of their physical, social, and political environments
- Persuasion – Servant Leaders persuade by the gentle nonjudgmental argument to create change
- Conceptualization – Servant Leaders visualize the big future
- Foresight – Servant Leaders use the past and present to plan for the future
- Stewardship – Servant Leaders take responsibility
- Commitment to people – Servant Leaders place a premium on the individual
- Building Community – Servant Leaders seek to create union or synergy
I will provide strong forward thinking Leadership and will cultivate a culture of trust within the Sheriff’s Office. As the Sheriff, I will not be a dictator, but a Leader and an encouragement to those around me. It is time for a change, and an opportunity for the people within the Sheriff’s office to feel valued and appreciated for their service.
I always say thank you for believing in me! I mean that! I have spoken to so many people throughout the county who have been a real encouragement to me. We will keep pushing toward the goal! Thank you for taking the time to read more about me! Don’t forget to stop by our website as well! http://www.eetenforsheriff.com