Monday, December 1, 2008

A few thoughts on Leadership

Earlier this year I had an opportunity to hear the person in Charge of the IBEW Membership Developement department, Buddy Satterfield, talk about the qualities a union leader needs. Buddy is a straight shooter, who tells it like it is. I wrote down what he said, and I'd like to share it with you.

"Leaders must tell the truth, we can’t just tell members what they want to hear, or what is popular. We have always said that union workers are the most skilled and productive workers, and receive the best wages and benefits. We need to deliver this promise. There is nothing wrong with companies being successful – we need our partner employers to do well, and we can’t let the very small number of our members who do not live up to our standards of excellence, pride in our labour and citizenship, bring us down. We need to look in the mirror and make sure we are living up to our values. It takes guts, and honesty."

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