Florida Public Health Review


W Michael Reid

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The director of a public health leadership institute often spoke during the workshops and other meetings of the institute participants. He illustrated many leadership concepts in his remarks with verses from poems and selections of prose. Many of the participants in the institute found the passages illuminating or helpful in remembering the leadership content. After his retirement, the former director created a draft based on his presentations. This is an expanded version of that paper. It supplements the original pieces and contains discussions of the importance of the ideas in the selections. A number of the concepts are qualified with considerations for moderating the exercise of the concept. Among the topics included are: principles, courage and fear, decisions, perseverance, joy and spirit, humility and humor, meaning, the legacy, trust, and gratitude.