True Leadership: Impacting Future Generations

May 23, 2013


Everyone knows there is a negative side to politics. Attacks can be personal and things can quickly turn ugly. Is there anything positive to be gained from it? Let me share with you some of my family’s experiences.

Over the last year, our family has been quite involved in political campaigns and learned much through our involvement. At the end of each school year, I sit and reflect upon what we’ve learned and how we’ve grown.

This year, one of the highlights of the school year has been our time spent in Raleigh, experiencing firsthand the workings of our state legislature.  I ponder upon the impact on my boys as they grow into young men as I observed leaders in our state investing in the next generation.

My boys are typical young boys.  They would rather frolic in the woods or play ball (any type, any season) than sit at a desk and write.  A few weeks ago after a trip to Raleigh, my son spent hours in his room writing.  This is the same child who frowns each time I mention writing.  What inspired him?  What was he writing about?

He wrote pages and pages about the state legislature and the entire process of how a bill becomes law.  Who had inspired that kind of zeal and passion?  Speaker Thom Tillis.  After every trip, my boys talk about the stories Speaker Tillis shares about opossums, hunting wild hogs and why he went into public service.  A passion has been unleashed in my boys.  That’s a leader that is investing in the next generation.


Speaker Tillis sharing one of his stories with my boys

The first couple days we spent visiting the legislature, my boys were shy and unsure. Now, they tell me which legislators they want to go by and visit. They even go to the legislative assistant themselves and ask if that legislator is available.  Why? Because so many legislators have taken time to talk directly with my boys and shown an interest in them.

Speaker Tillis has set the example that is followed by other legislators. He has taken time out of his very busy schedule to talk with my boys and share rich stories of our state’s heritage.  It is not a surprise to see other legislators follow his example.

Today, my boys are with their cousins at my Mom’s house and they are putting together a governing body.  One of my sons is running for Speaker of the House. He is emulating a leader that he has learned from firsthand. A leader that understands that great men invest in something greater than themselves.

This Mom is very grateful for the influence of Speaker Thom Tillis and the indelible mark he has left upon my boys.  They look a little less like little boys every day. As they grow into young men, I see in them the influence of a caring leader who is inspiring them to serve others.


Written By Guest Contributor: Brenda Brown

Bio: Brenda is an educator with teaching experience in both public and private school settings. She currently home schools her children. She became involved in grassroots activism to advocate for values such as parental rights.



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