I believe that I have the integrity and capability of providing the fresh leadership that the Bishop Paiute Tribe needs now.
I assure you and the voting members that I am not running for any monetary gain or power that comes from being on the Tribal Council. I feel a duty to apply my experience and education for the betterment of the Tribe as I truly want to see us thrive and survive.
There are certain skills of a good leader that I have always tried to emulate. Those skills that I particularly value are:
Of all the skills, I think this is the most important. If you do not have integrity, you will never be a good leader, no matter how smart or educated you are. Throughout my career, I have always strived to be honest and to maintain a strong moral compass. The highest praise that I received was when my General Counsel told a roomful of people that I had the most integrity of anyone he knew.
A good leader must be able to look beyond today and into the future. A short term gain is not worth it if your idea or project will be negatively impacted further down the road. On the other hand, the startup costs of a project may be expensive but the long term gain will outweigh the initial cost. I always perform a cost-benefit analysis when considering ideas, both on a professional and personal level.
A good leader must be able to look beyond today and into the future. I live by Harry Truman’s motto: “The buck stops here.” I have always taken responsibility for my actions and decisions. I do not play the blame game.
There is nothing worse than waiting for a party to make a decision, unless it is waffling on a decision after it has been made. A good leader will not make a hasty decision that they may need to back-pedal on. I do my research and consult with the appropriate stakeholders before making a decision. Once that decision is made, I stand by it.
A good leader is able to listen and communicate in a clear concise manner. Too often I have seen parties come out of a meeting with no clear understanding of the direction they have been given. I have developed strong listening skills and will always confirm that tribal members that I communicate with understand what is being said or asked of them.
Lastly, I would like to note that it is essential that we have a strong Tribal Council to effectively lead us towards greater success as our lives begin to return to normal.
While we navigate this period of uncertainty it is critical that we put a qualified, caring Tribal Council in place to help guide our tribal community through this pandemic and social uproar to ensure we come out on the other end better than we found ourselves when these crises began.