Musings on Leadership … and heading for the polls! 

Leadership, both good and bad, has been a significant focus for our friends in Toronto throughout this municipal election period, and, to a certain extent, it has also been for those of us involved in the local campaign here in Richmond Hill. I gave considerable thought when I chose my campaign slogan “Leading Richmond Hill in a Positive Direction”. I was focused on two elements… “leading” and “positive”. Over the past several months, as I have canvassed door to door, attended coffee meetings and neighbourhood gatherings, answered questions for the media and responded to numerous questions from concerned residents, I have been struck by how important effective leadership is to people.

When I think of leadership, I think of a definition from Kevin Kruse, a well known American author:

Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal.” 

To me, this definition is very appropriate for municipal (and all) politicians, as it reflects the concept of influence (versus dictatorial or bullying leadership), it focuses on the importance of the collective effort and it reminds us that we are all working towards common goals. I fully recognize, going into this next four years, that choosing the quality of leadership that we all deserve will be a critical element in the success of the next Town Council. In my recently distributed platform brochure, I have committed to working tirelessly to ensure that we, as a Council, demonstrate positive leadership and respect for each other, staff and residents, which will be critical to providing “good government”.

I sincerely hope that, as you vote either on Monday, October 27th, 2014 or in the advance polls (www.richmondhill.ca/election) you will consider how critical it will be to ensure we vote for the leadership team that will enable all of us on Council to effectively “maximize the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal”.

I thank you again for your support, for your feedback, and for all of your efforts through this election campaign. To those of you who have already voted in the Advance Polls, my sincere thanks and to those of you who will vote on October 27th, 2014, I wish to thank you in advance for your support.

If anyone has any questions on where you vote, what you need to vote, etc. please refer to the Town website at www.richmondhill.ca/2014election. If you, or anyone you knows, needs a ride to the polls, please contact me at 416-417-8012 or at [email protected]