The right stuff

Dear Editor,

Can you please allow me some space in your valuable newspaper to extoll the virtues of a young Member of Parliament, Shanendon Cartwright.

It was the legendary Colin Powell who said this about leadership: “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

The recent devastating Hurricane Dorian may have inadvertently exposed the leadership strengths and weaknesses in our elected officials. Social media ran the full gamut about the leadership abilities and skills of our leaders from politics, business and religion.

Most of the commentary, in my opinion, ran along party lines with a few exceptions.

The world, as Sir Lynden Pindling used to say, is watching.

However, a dynamic young man, in the person of Cartwright, rose to the occasion as he led a team to Grand Bahama and Abaco to assist in the recovery and restoration.

Wow, what a tangible demonstration of leadership by a first-time member of Parliament. The residents of Grand Bahama in particular were simply in awe of this young, dynamic change master, whom they had heard so much about but never met.

I could only smile as I looked over the comments on Facebook about Cartwright. The recurring theme was that “he never stopped working since the election”.

He is prime minister-material. He is personable, visionary, humble and a hard worker. As a matter of fact, in my opinion, he reminds me of a young, energetic former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, whose work ethic is legendary.

Mwai Kibaki said, “Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.”

Cartwright lives this quote to the fullest every single day. He spends quality time in his constituency, St. Barnabas.

And so, in a cacophony of would-be leaders, ordinary leaders and downright poor leaders, Cartwright shines like a beacon of hope.

He is made of the right stuff.

– Spence Finlayson

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