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Finding Community Leaders

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Leadership is an issue I hear about wherever I go these days. The success or failure of a community project often seems to hinge on the presence or absence of good leadership.

What is leadership? In the business world it is often the CEO who plots a successful course for his or her company, creating a strong work environment while building capital. But what does leadership mean in our communities as we look at planning for future development, protecting resources, getting things done? Where do we find it?

Some communities lament the lack of leadership needed to get projects off the ground. But there are many communities where there is a support system that creates an environment conducive for people to speak out, take risks, run with a project — in other words, become leaders.

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