Barbara Lang: Step outside of the political ‘safe zone’

Editor’s note: This week we introduce a new column from Barbara Lang. Watch for her occasional columns on leadership and business issues affecting Greater Washington on this page and online.

When we vote for our local political leaders, we entrust them with taking the right actions on our behalf and to serve as our voice on the issues that impact our lives. After all the articles we read, the speeches we hear, the pomp and circumstance of ceremonies, galas and fundraisers, the interviews and the research on each candidate, we wait in line at the polls and we vote. That … is our voice.

But there is a problem. When leaders get elected, after campaigning ends and they roll up their sleeves and get to work, before we know it, the cycle begins again. Rather than becoming the innovative, big thinkers we elected to office, they often make decisions based on re-election, not necessarily what is in the best interests of their constituents.

We need strong leaders who push the limits of their…

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