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Leaders Among Us: Qualities of a good leader

Leaders Among Us: Qualities of a good leader


What makes a good leader?

Is it the ability to be out front? Is it being able to handle pressure that comes? Is it just possessing the ability to lead?

The dictionary doesn’t help answering the question. It simply says that a leader is “a person who leads.” Obviously, it’s much more complicated than that. Some of us are born to lead, others acquire that talent over time.

Now, I don’t know the exact answer to that question, but I do know that the 12 people that you are about to read about are leaders in the truest definition of the word. They are our 2018 Class of Leaders Among Us, and each and every one of them deserve the honor. In fact, in choosing this year’s class, we had to turn away some pretty good nominees — as we have to do every year.

These 12 men and women are some of the best and brightest Southern Illinois has to offer, and they were all nominated heartily by their peers. That means they’re all doing something right and good for the region.

These are the people we look up to. They’re the people we can count on when we need them.

Whether it’s in education, aviation or bettering our environment, these 12 folks have a hand in making Southern Illinois a batter place, and making the people in our region better for it.

And, as usual, each and every one of this year’s leaders is different. They are all of different ages and backgrounds. Some of the leaders are at the forefront of our communities, and some prefer to just stay in the background.

But, they all have one thing in common — they all want to make Southern Illinois and its communities a better place to be. And I can also say this: They all succeed in that mission.

So, congratulations to each and every one of you. I’m proud to call you all neighbors. We’re all proud to have each and every one of you in Southern Illinois.


Tom English is the executive editor of The Southern Illinoisan. He can be reached at or 618-351-5070. You can follow him on Twitter at @tomenglish23.


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