LeadershipKeys

EAnderson

Elliot Anderson

Assemblyman

Nevada

 

Working hard and not being afraid to take action. And, never resting or
failing to learn more about the world generally, including the topic of the
project you are working on.
 
 
 
I think there is really no single answer to effective leadership.  But I should choose what I think is the key to effective leadership I would say is taking a stand for truth when no one else will stand and being consistent. 

 

 

DBerry

Deborah Berry

Representative

Iowa

GBevan

G. Richard Bevan

Administrative District Judge

District Court for Fifth Judicial District

Idaho

 

 

 

Personal integrity. Standing for something, even if it means standing alone.

 

 

 

 

The key to effective leadership lies in good communication and integrity of intention.

 

JBillings

Jill Billings

Representative

Wisconsin

EBowers

Elaine Bowers

Senator
Kansas

 
 
A positive, can-do attitude.  Communication and compromise and working with my fellow legislators in both parties and from all regions of Kansas. 

 

 


To listen closely, to be proactive, and to engage others. To look at every situation
or problem from multiple perspectives and to stay objective. To remember our humanity, kindness matters.
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.”
--Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

LBrasch

Lydia Brasch

Senator
Nebraska

DBurkhart

Donald Burkhart

Representative

Wyoming

 

 
The key is integrity. To always do the right thing. This comes from within a person and is the foundation to be the person they are. While traits such as responsibility, courage and knowledge are important, they are nothing without integrity.

 

 

 

 

"Leadership requires relentless optimism that you can change the world and
hard-nosed realism about who and what you are dealing with and what it will take to make progress." --Marty Linsky, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

SBuschman

Sara Buschman

Assistant Deputy Secretary, Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin

AClark

Andrew Clark

Director, Institute for
Municipal & Regional Policy
Connecticut

 
 
Possessing vision and a sense of where you'd like to take something.
Being open and receptive to the world around you.

 

 
 
Integrity. Leading by example. Humility. A vision. Cheerleader. Courage.
Helping people be and do better. Sparking ingenuity.

 

BCruff

Bradley Cruff

District Judge
Southeast Judicial District
North Dakota

LDenney

Lee Denney

Representative

Oklahoma

 
 
Active listening to the people you wish to lead, then glancing backwards
every so often, to see if anyone is following your leadership.

 

 

 

Effective leaders have vision and are able to communicate their foresight
so that others understand and feel included; and thus become ardent supporters
and active participants in making that vision become reality.

 

MDevin

Michael Devin

Representative
Maine

GDodge

George Dodge

Representative

New Mexico

 

 
Understanding that people are your most important asset.
Treat them as such.

 

 

 
The key to effective leadership is integrity, always keeping your word despite the consequences and a willingness to fail in an effort that is just. If others truly trust you, amazing things can be done. The most important thing a real leader can do is give others the credit for success and personally accept the blame for failure.

JEdwards

John Edwards

Representative

Rhode Island

DGormley

David Michael Gormley

Judge

Delaware Municipal Court

Ohio

 
 
A good leaderis skilled at bringing out the best in other people,
an empathetic listener, willing to take on even the most unpleasant task
that must be done, and a person of unquestioned integrity.

 

 
 
Having a clear vision of a goal; being committed to achieving the goal; ensuring
that all members of the team know what the goal is; involving all team members
and others in pursuit of the goal; and pursuing the goal enthusiastically.

 

DHarris

David Harris

Representative

Illinois

NHatfield

Nathan Hatfield

Senate Assistant Clerk
Virginia

 
Encourage the taking of risks. People relish the idea of being
part of an "innovation team," but detest "adapting to change." The end
result--a new place--is the same;
the difference is the approach.
 
 
Leadership is more than getting a desired result. There can be leaders who
lead evil or destructive causes. Effective leaders--good leaders--adhere to the
highest standards of ethics and integrity, not because they must keep up public appearances, but because it's who they are. Effective leaders inspire others to be better and do better themselves.

 

DHenderson

Deidre Henderson

Senator
Utah

WHoltzclaw

William Holtzclaw

Senator

Alabama

 

 

Be a role model for others in how you want to lead and be led.
 

 

 
 
Good listening and collaboration.

 

LIchiyama

Linda Ichiyama

Representative

Hawaii

TJones

Trevor Jones

Cabinet Secretary
Department of Public Safety

South Dakota

 

 

Humble confidence.

 

 
I have always believed and tried to practice authentic adaptive leadership...I believe good leaders not only know how to lead, but when to utilize different styles to
lead...In the world of politics and sound bites, people are thirsty for leaders
who are genuine in their words and actions.

 

TKeller

Tim Keller

Senator
New Mexico

LLandgraf

Lois Landgraf

Representative

Colorado

 
Delegate, Communicate and Appreciate are the three keys to effective leadership. A good leader is one who recognizes the problem or issue,
can communicate that to those she leads and allow them to determine a successful solution. A good leader must be available to guide rather than boss the direction of the group. At the end of the process, a successful leader will make sure the credit for success goes to the team members.

 

 
Being unafraid to surround yourself with people who may be more intelligent
or more talented than you, and then being able to inspire those people to work
together toward a shared goal.

 

RLemar

Roland Lemar

Representative

Connecticut

MLittle

Marquita Little

Director of Policy and Planning

Department of Human Services

Arkansas

 
 
Leading with integrity is the key. When facing challenging leadership
decisions, it's vital to ensure those decisions allign with the values of the organization and serve the greater good. Integrity always guides you
to consider the needs of the entire community rather than a select few.

 

 
The issues facing state leaders are inter-related, involve many divergent
perspectives and need to be seen in shades of grey versus black and white.
In this type of environment, an effective leader must set a clear direction, created
by listening to divergent perspectives and carefully weighing the issues. Making a decision is only the first step. Effective leaders monitor and evaluate progress; are
not afraid to change course; share the praise; admit when they are wrong;
and stand behind those with whom they work.

 

NMacKay

Noelle MacKay

Commissioner
Department of Housing and Community Development

Vermont

RMackenzie

Ryan Mackenzie

Representative

Pennsylvania

 
I think the most important characteristic for a leader to possess is the appropriate balance of confidence and humility... While I believe it is
important to understand one’s core convictions and have the confidence to express them, it is equally as important to have humility and an open mind to recognize the contributions that others can bring to the table. 

 

 

 
 
I've learned that what you do has a much bigger impact than what you say. Effective leaders have the ability to identify a problem before it becomes an emergency.

 

SMacLeod

Scott MacLeod

Mitigation & Disaster Recovery Section Chief

Emergency Management Agency

Massachusetts

NMajeski

Nicole Majeski

Deputy Secretary
Department of Transportation

Delaware

 

 

Listening to your staff.

 

 
 
Effective leadership starts with being able to pull together a group of people and getting them to buy in to a vision of themselves as a collective group who can
achieve uncommon results... Effective leadership is also being able to build consensus when problem solving and decision making. An effective leader
does not demand of others what they do not demand of themselves.

BMassey

Becky Massey

Senator

Tennessee

JMcMillin

Judson McMillin

Representative

Indiana

 
 
The ability to listen.

 

 

 

Focus, timing and discretion. Know when to act and when to hold back,
in making statements, in discussion or taking action.

 

NNathanson

Nancy Nathanson

Representative

Oregon

DNewberry

Dan Newberry

Senator

 Oklahoma

 

 

It is incumbent on a leader to know the end objective, devise
a plan to accomplish the objective, ensure the right people are performing
the right tasks and then execute. Successful leadership is achieving
the end objective while inspiring his team to achieve more together than
they could have separately.

 

 
 
The ability to inspire is an important trait for effective leaders. In my
experience, good leaders are not always right and do not always have
all the answers. It is their ability, however, to inspire those around them
to do the right thing and for the right reasons that make people want to believe
in themselves toward achieving common goals.

JPizatella

Jason Pizatella

Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of the Governor

West Virginia

NPoore

Nicole Poore

Senator

 Delaware

 
 
Effective leadership evolves through learning and doing the same tasks
as your staff. You wouldn’t ask someone to do something you aren’t
willing to do yourself.

 

 
 
Leaders should have a vision and be inspired to lead; they must have a moral compass to lead with honesty and integrity and be able to set the bar high and expect accountability.  Leaders should lead by example and comprehend the facts about the issue. They must dedicate the time and the effort to lead by example, listen and respect the opinions of their subordinates.

 

RPrezioso

Roman Prezioso

Senator

West Virginia

LReinbold

Lora Reinbold

Representative
Alaska

 

 

Listening and charting a path forward in good and tough times.

 

 
 
A good leader supports the goals of the people he or she leads, helping them develop their skills to become leaders themselves.

 

CRosenwald

Cindy Rosenwald

Representative

New Hampshire

MSprinkle

Michael Sprinkle

Assemblyman

Nevada

 
 
A willingness to listen and be open minded. Decisions cannot come
without first getting all of the information and pertinent perspectives.

 

 
 
Respect. Respect is very different than fear. Often, ineffective leaders
confuse the two. Respect is gained by having beliefs and acting accordingly.

 

JStevens

John Stevens

Senator

  Tennessee

JSuarez

Jorge Suárez

Senator

Puerto Rico

 
 
Communication in all levels, to be effective in that matter
and to identify the issues that concern the people.

 

 

 

I believe that leadership is earned, not appropriated. A leader must know
the field and have done the work. Only then can you delegate. And, for proper delegation, you must also know the people you are expected to lead. You must
take advantage of their strengths and know how to cover their shortcomings.
And always remember to say "We."

KTallian

Karen Tallian

Senator

Indiana

ETindill

Erika Tindill

Judge
Superior Court

Connecticut

 
 
I think the key to effective leadership is keen self-awareness
and the desire to keep learning.
 
 
Leadership is based on personal relationships. A leader is not
outside the group. They are part of the group.

 

MTrebelhorn

Matthew Trebelhorn

Legislative Analyst, Judiciary Committe
Legislative Research Commission
Kentucky

LValenti

Lynne Valenti

Cabinet Secretary
Department of Social Services

South Dakota

 
 
Leadership is defined by showing people how to reach or obtain
the results you are seeking, providing them with the knowledge and tools they need to get there and inspiring them to want to go there with you.

 

 
 
The key to effective leadership is getting people to go where you go or
to go where you direct. To do this, you must lead by example.

KWard

Kelli Ward

Senator

Arizona

LValenti

Rhonda Wood

Judge
Court of Appeals & Justice-Elect, Supreme Court

Arkansas

 
 
A willingness to reach for goals and bear responsibility for the successes and difficulties that result from your decisions.