Dear West Chester,
Knowing that you can rely on other people to talk through difficult situations is a privilege I am happy to say I enjoy. Decision-making requires critical thinking, maturity and a lot of humility in one’s own ethics and values in order to ensure that it gets done to the best of one’s ability.
Sometimes, I wonder if people in power feel the same way; if they understand that the decisions they make should not be ones that are made alone. When decisions impact others, your own perspective should never be considered “enough.” To be able to have people who understand the impact of their choices and decisions by your side is something anybody in a leadership position should have
Even if the decisions I make as editor-in-chief aren’t affecting people’s lives – as far as I know, anyway – being able to consult those I work with is an experience I’m proud to say that I have available to me every day. Decisions are best made when different backgrounds, ideas, thought processes and minds come together to work through the best possible outcome. And a real leader is somebody who knows how to utilize those around them to generate the best, possible outcome.
Find like-minded people and work to build something great with them. It’s a wonderfully fulfilling experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.