Dear KES Family:
Leadership is difficult. Good leadership requires a host of skills, many of which are sharpened through the experience of being a leader. One can train and prepare for a position of leadership, but the reality is that it doesn’t matter whether one is a captain or coach, a teacher or parent, a cadet or a CEO, we really only get good at the job once we have some experience. Wisdom, communication, empathy, vision, humility…all these qualities and more come with time.
And so I pay tribute with this message to the Warden of West Hants, Abe Zebian. This week he asked to meet with me and the Chair of the KES Board, Mr. Trevor Hughes. We met in my office at the School. In this meeting he stated that he is a different person than he was when he was elected and appointed Warden a year and a half ago. He said he has made mistakes along the way and learned a lot from them. He took ownership of events that have strained the School’s relationship with West Hants, and for the betterment of everyone in the communities of Windsor and West Hants, committed himself to ensuring that our relationship improved.
Impressive. Good for him. Political leadership is the toughest. Taking it on is a thankless task, and as P.E. Trudeau said so famously, “you can never please all the people all the time.” I don’t think anyone could effortlessly lead a large rural community and a municipality like West Hants (which has a total of ten Councillors). Nothing could prepare one for the task either.
I am sure coming to my office was not easy for Warden Zebian. Courage and humanity go a long way in my book. Well done.