As I wrote earlier, one of my leaders invited me to lunch with Mayor Tom Henry of my hometown, Fort Wayne, Indiana. We just returned from this private luncheon.
Mayor Henry is a genuine leader with a gracious spirit and a keen vision for our city. His strategic plan for growth has seen our downtown begin to be revitalized. Our city is experiencing growth in new businesses which creates jobs. His plans have created wonderful family attractions. His plans for the future will do even more of this. He openly shared his vision for more growth and expansion – and exciting days are ahead for Fort Wayne.
At the end of our meeting, we gave him our gifts and he also shared gifts with us. He was honestly thrilled to receive the books. We were honored by his gifts.
Mayor Henry’s family has been a part of our city’s history for over 100 years now. You can easily perceive his passion for Fort Wayne. While the Mayor is no longer a young man, he was energized when talking about the future. Investors are seeking Fort Wayne out – great things are in store for us!
Our Mayor is a busy man. He is the leader of the 2nd largest city in the state of Indiana. But he took the time today to have a relaxed lunch with the two of us. There were no politics at play. No trying to sell us something. He genuinely loves what he does and loves to hear how his vision has positively impacted our city.
Leadership. Vision. Grace.
May we all embody those attributes as we seek to influence others to success.