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Leadership or Lack There of

Leadership can be a practical skill, a research area or a way of life for those who are driven to go against the flow. Natural born leaders are authoritative, direct and guide others around obstacles in life and orchestrate individuals to form groups to fulfill a higher calling. According to researchers, all great leaders share 3 common traits. Dynamic leaders are action oriented, eager to accept responsibility and see things through to completion. When you hear, listen to and watch how government officials behave during the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to distinguish the followers from the leaders.

Let no one despise or think less of you because of your youth, but be an example (pattern) for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity, 1 Timothy 4:12.

Earlier today, governor John Carney decided to close Delaware’s public schools for the remainder of the year. As of now, there are more than 920,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, approaching 52,000 deaths nationwide. The state of Delaware has a population of nearly one million people as of 2019. Delaware has 3,442 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus and just reached 100 deaths today. When you add math to these numbers, it comes out to one case for every 290 residents. Anyone can play Monday morning quarterback on governor Carney’s decision. Yet, Carney choose the easy way out. following states to the north, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, instead of being creative and innovative.

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint, Galatians 6:9.

Whenever leaders fail to lead, innocent bystanders who are forced to endure the consequences. This leaves the senior class of 2020 without a prom, spring sports season and without celebrating a last day of school. For my son Daniel, his chance of earning a golf scholarship at an N.A.I.A. college is gone. After shooting 74 from the blue tees at Back Creek recently, Daniel’s shot at improving on last season’s 5th place conference tournament finish also disappears. Meanwhile, Lydia was the favorite to win the Blue Hen Conference Pole Vault title and likely shoe in to make All County as well. Although I can’t change what has already been done, I pray for new leaders to rise up out of the millennials so that leadership is a verb, not just a word.

by Jay Mankus

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