Leadership is about serving people

To rely on a flawed survey that serves his own intention, disregarding a broader survey from residents, reveals a lack of leadership

When Councillor (Dunstan)Browne (District of North Saanich) refuses to listen to a presentation from one resident saying: “Quite frankly, I don’t care what Mr. Harrison says,” he shows ignorance of the principles of democracy and is doing nothing but misusing power.

To rely on a flawed survey that serves his own intention, disregarding a broader survey from residents, reveals a lack of leadership.

Leadership is about serving people, not silencing them.

Power always bears the potential for abuse. Only the humble are worthy of power.

Unfortunately the opposite often happens: the more power a person gains the more arrogant he becomes. To avoid falling into this trap, you have to listen with an open heart to those you should serve. To close your mind is the first sign of downfall.

Those who value people who have a different opinion, and can come up with a compromise will be seen as  competent leaders. It could well be that somebody else sees something you don’t like to see, but should.

If you want to be remembered as a capable leader, you have to give residents a meaningful voice in the decision-making process. We have to protect our resources and make wise decisions for generations to come.

Hildegard Horie

North Saanich

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langford boy wakes up from surgery to find stuffed puppy wearing the same cast

Hospital staff outfitted ‘Eddy’ the puppy to match the young patient

VIDEO: Annual artist studio tour goes virtual on Saanich Peninsula

ArtSea converts popular event to online format with personalized artist videos

Local Flavour: Youth take the lead in Victoria’s Pollinator Leadership Team

Guest writer Thompson Hygge, summer intern with Pollinator Partnership Canada

Flyover at B.C. Leg to commemorate National Peacekeepers’ Day

August 9 marks biggest single day loss of Canadian lives from peace operations

PHOTOS: Lazy Sunday at Esquimalt Lagoon

What’s your favourite thing to do at the beach?

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling from electric bike

Incident happened at his home in California

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Missing teen visiting Courtenay found safe

She had last been seen going for a walk on Aug. 6

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Most Read