5Qs: Leadership in Hawai’i

1. To what degree, do you care about having good leaders in Hawai’i?
2. Do you think there is a high demand for good leaders in Hawai’i?
3. In what ways can citizens express the desire for good leaders?
4. What venues are available to citizens to support good leaders?
5. How would you rate the quality of leadership in Hawai’i (1-10 scale)?

8 thoughts on “5Qs: Leadership in Hawai’i

  1. 1. To what degree, do you care about having good leaders in Hawai’i?

    I care quite a bit, in the sense that I really would like Hawai’i to have good leaders. Maybe that’s obvious. Who wouldn’t want good leaders in their state? I guess I wonder to what degree this matters to people versus being indifferent to it.

    2. Do you think there is a high demand for good leaders in Hawai’i?3. In what ways can citizens express the desire for good leaders?

    As I mentioned, in politics, I would imagine that if demand for good leaders were higher, we’d see more of them. At the same time, maybe the information regarding who is a good leader and who isn’t is lacking. If people don’t have this information, this might have the effect of lessening the demand for good leaders.

    Outside of politics (e.g., in business, non-profits, etc.), perhaps the people in those organizations would express that they want good leadership and that there would be meaningful consequences if that didn’t occur. Does that happen very often?

    4. What venues are available to citizens to support good leaders?

    Besides getting involved in a political campaign, I can’t think of a venue or a means to support good leaders.

    5. How would you rate the quality of leadership in Hawai’i (1-10 scale)?

    This is a total guess, but I would say 3-4.

  2. It sounds, based on your answers, that you are specifically about governmental or political leadership. Yes?

  3. It sounds, based on your answers, that you are specifically about governmental or political leadership. Yes?

    Mostly, yes. But I wouldn’t limit the discussion to that. I don’t get the sense that we have great community leaders that are outside of politics, too, though.

  4. I wonder if your criteria are super specific. I’m not more involved in my community than you are in yours, but I’ve known leaders in ministry, community groups, and education who I would call at least very good.

  5. Perhaps, a bigger difference in our thinking has to do with the way in which leadership would manifest itself. For example, I’m thinking of leadership in terms of taking Hawai’i or its major institutions and communities into the future, helping them deal with major problems and presenting and achieving a vision for our state (and/or these major institutions). Who are we? Where do we want to go, and what should we look like in the future? When I ask the leadership question, I’m thinking of people who are answering these questions and helping to get us actualize those answers.

    But again, I would include leaders in important institutions or industries. Are there leaders like that in banking, tourism, the environment, education, etc.?

  6. I’m not involved in any of those except education, and I would add tech. And I’ll say yes. Do you know about the HAIS Schools of the Future initiative? Some of the presenters there would qualify (there’s something about teaching that makes one a leader, and usually the presenters here are leaders among teachers). And it seems like there’s a different hackathon, makerspace, or code frenzy type activity every month on this island. There are people leading these things and getting people to participate.

    I think the leading into the future thing is mildly overrated if we’re talking about leadership, though I certainly understand why some people feel it’s important.

  7. Do you know about the HAIS Schools of the Future initiative?

    No, I don’t. Is there an article you can recommend, especially about the most notable leaders and what they’re doing.

    I think the leading into the future thing is mildly overrated if we’re talking about leadership,…

    Why do you think that? And when you conceive of leadership, within the context of Hawai’i, as a state, what comes to mind, particularly in terms of what’s more important than helping us move into the future?

  8. Sorry, I forgot we were talking about government-type leadership. I was thinking more about stuff like helping the needy, or values education. So I take it back. Where government is concerned, the leading into the future thing is not overrated. Let me get back to you on Schools of the Future.

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