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A Time for Leadership: An open letter to all those running for political office and all those currently in office

Be vocal, Be frequent and Be helpful 

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I’d like to first start off by saying thank you to Gov. McMaster, Senator Mcleod, Mayor Benjamin, and Rep. Brawley all of whom have shown extraordinary leadership during this crisis.

These are uncertain times. People are worried, anxious and fearful of what the future may bring.  That’s why now, more than ever, we need anyone and everyone who is in political office or who is running for office to stand up and lead. 

Now is the time to show us what you’re made. Take action, be decisive, propose well thought out solutions to how you would handle the crisis. It is not enough to just continue campaigning while businesses are suffering and families are uncertain of their future.

Michael Bailey

Even candidates running for the very first time should step up as leaders. Now is the time to show us what you’re made. Take action, be decisive, propose well thought out solutions to how you would handle the crisis. It is not enough to just continue campaigning while businesses are suffering and families are uncertain of their future.

It is true that many people have different standards and expectations of what leadership looks like but in times like this, there are several fundamental qualities and behaviors that make true leaders stand out.

So what are these qualities and behaviors that make a leader? Visibility, transparency, and thoughtfulness are a few that initially come to mind. 

Leaders must be visible. Constituents want to know that you’re present and taking action particularly during turbulent times. Visibility can include regular social media posts or emails.  Posts should be informative and inspirational. Not accusatory or fear mongering. Visibility may be volunteering in your community, making donations, or being seen putting into practice policies for which you voted or advocated. Visibility is setting an example that your constituents can see.

Leaders must be transparent. This includes providing clear and honest insight into your character and motives as well as being forthcoming with the information people need to make the best possible decisions for their lives. 

Be vocal, Be frequent and Be helpful

Michael Bailey is the founder of The MinorityEye and serves as the Chief-Curator of Information. He leads the editorial staff and works as a multimedia journalist who specializes in producing news stories and personal profiles that highlight the cultural, social, economic, and political experiences of minorities living in South Carolina and beyond. His extensive media, business, and political background has made him a well-respected voice and an often sought-after commentator on issues impacting people of color.

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