If you can’t communicate, you can’t lead


Paid for by Supporters of Meladi Brewer

DARKE COUNTY – “Motivation is what gets you started. Commitment is what keeps you going.”

I wake up every day with a goal: how can I make a difference? For years I have been working as a servant to the community by giving the voices within the county a larger platform to be heard.

Starting out, I was motivated by making a difference in the lives of Darke County by using my interpersonal skills to help raise awareness, motivate, and even praise the community for its achievements. I have been to most events over the years, cheering the community on and feeling like a “proud mom” watching everyone become who they were always meant to be.

I have become committed to making a difference in Darke County, and I believe I possess the skills needed to succeed as a Darke County Commissioner.

For me, a strong leader needs to be approachable and well-versed in communication. Commissioners are responsible for advocating for the county at both local and state levels. Developing excellent communication skills is absolutely essential for effective leadership.

A leader must be able to share knowledge and ideologies to convey a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. It is important for a commissioner to be able to go out into the community and actively listen because if they are unable to listen to the community, how would they be able to know what needs to be said or acted upon?

I believe if a leader cannot get a message across clearly nor motivate others to act upon it, then having a message does not matter. In the commissioner’s seat, the messages that matter are those of the community, not my own. 

My professions as a reporter, manager, and advisor have given me the skill sets needed to engage with the community and actively seek out its voice. I have spent years as a servant to the community by strongly conveying their messages for all to hear, so I know the most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.

I will take these communicative skills to the commissioner seat, so I can make a difference at a larger level. “It only takes one voice, at the right pitch, to start an avalanche.” One sound, even from the smallest being, can have a big impact.

Your voice matters. It is important to have leaders who can not only actively listen with intent but who can also amplify their voice to improve the quality of life for all who reside in Darke County, now and forever. At the end of the day, we can make a difference – together. 

Write-in Meladi Brewer for the open commissioner seat on March 19th.

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