by Renée Louzon-Benn, President, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce
The impact the pandemic has had on communities, business owners, employees and individuals has called on many to be leaders. Some are born or became leaders early in their lives while others take on the mantle of leadership in their own ways, even if they never sought or wanted to lead.
Coal, when under tremendous pressure, brings forth diamonds. So it is with people who rise to challenges and shine the light of leadership to help others when needed.
Locally, our area leaders, such as those in City government, the Chamber and other leaders have stepped up to make sure area businesses can continue to stay in business.
They have connected Casa Grande residents to important information about where to go or who to contact for business and health services, business updates, updates on area schools and colleges, and digital communication/links to numerous sites for specific services or assistance. Facebook groups have been created to encourage patronage and promotion of our local restaurants.
Area service organizations have provided or partnered in providing food and care boxes for the underserved in our community. Churches have provided for those in need, especially during this challenging time. There have been many instances of existing or “new” leaders who have found ways to tackle the new normal.
We have often said that Casa Grande is the heart of Arizona. Now, we know that it is not because of our geographic location within the state but because we care for our community members.
“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”
– Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook)
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