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Councilman should follow the rules


September 15, 2009

Do you know any of these people?

A boss who tells everyone to stay late, and then leaves promptly at 5 p.m. to go golfing. The CFO who recommends layoffs to stop "unnecessary spending," but then buys herself brand-new luxury office furniture. Or the councilman who campaigned on enforcing city code who in return does not enforce it on himself.

After watching KDKA's Andy Sheehan report on "Businesses at odds with City Councilman Kraus," I feel betrayed. Witnessing people saying one thing and then doing another is a double standard. Andy Sheehan questioned Mr. Kraus about his home business and no home business permit. (September 4, 2009) Mr. Kraus refused to answer questions accusing the reporter of "framing" and "not asking questions."

In the past year, it has been like watching the air go out of a balloon - and cynicism and disappointment has taken its place.

As a leader, part of your job is to inspire the people around you to push themselves - and, in turn, the community- to greatness. To do this, you must show them the way by doing it yourself.

You have a responsibility to your community. They look to you for guidance and strength; that's part of what being a leader is. And a big part of your responsibility is to lead them with your own actions.

I once read a quote: "Make your words sweet: you may have to eat them later!" People notice how we treat them, especially when we are in positions of leadership, and most especially when we think no one is looking. What goes around comes around.

As a leader, you must establish principles concerning the way people should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. You must create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow.

It is not too early to think about who will be elected our leader in 2011.

Sherri Lynn Dunik

South Side


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