I admit that leading is a tough job. But, once the position is accepted,one must to be willing to step out in front for the people. The leader can not stand behind tools, title, and location. At some point the people are going to demand their leader step out and hear them. Hear their pain, acknowledge that pain, and then work with them them and the executive team to create a plan of diversity; of safety; of justice; and of liberty for all. People are not rioting for no reason. They are angry at a system that has left them behind, injured, and loved ones dead too many times. Take time to not speak but, only to listen. Go to the cities and speak with them. Bottom line, have compassion for what your people have endured for so long.
(Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)