Inta-Great’s Founder and President, Kathy Coder, discusses the importance of leadership in government and why she decided to run for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 16th District.
What is your primary reason for running?: I want to use my background and experience to make a difference in our State’s future. I desire to help create a sustainable flourishing state and region for the next generation. I am not looking for a “job” or to be a career politician. I think we need people in Harrisburg who know how to lead from a foundation of integrity and principle-centered decision-making. I would like to use my leadership, local government, and business experience to help be part of a team who can create positive change.
What will be your top priority?: Strong leaders understand their role is to serve the people they are leading; they also understand the importance of a compelling vision. For those reasons, I will serve the people by putting their needs ahead of politics, party, and self-serving agendas. I will also cast a vision of Pennsylvania as one of the most thriving states in the nation with reduced government size, spending, and taxes and increased job creation and economic development opportunities.
What’s the biggest problem facing the state?: The lack of leadership. A common definition of insanity is to keep doing what you’re doing and think you’re going to get different results. Year after year, we keep hearing about the same issues and nothing changes. Obviously, we need new thinking and people who have the courage, character, competence, and commitment to make change happen. We need to get the right people on the bus in the right seats and come together for the common good of our State—I think if we do that many of the problems will start being resolved. Also as leaders, we elected officials need to role model what we want others to do, and we need to open to more accountability. (For example: I am not taking the State pension and will report my expenses and receipts for the per diem allowances.)
Any final remarks?: The compelling lack of leadership is why I got involved with politics to begin with. Never in a million years would I have envisioned that I would be running for office. Four years ago, my business was thriving, and my life was comfortable. Then, I attended my first council meeting, and my life was turned upside down. I saw a lack of leadership and competence. It violated every good leadership practice I was ever taught! I was convicted that I had no right to complain, unless I was willing to get my hands dirty and get involved. Since then, I have been passionate about getting others educated and involved as well. I believe government can be better. I have spent over 20 years in the private sector learning from wise mentors and business leaders. I have translated these learnings into my public service. I understand the importance of applying principle-centered, servant-leadership practices in government. I realize that elected office is a stewardship and an honor.
If you wish to find out more information about Kathy Coder’s campaign, please visit: http://www.kathycoder.com/