I started keeping bees several years ago. Throughout the years, I have learned many new things. I have saved many swarms and lost many colonies. These things have helped me learn about how to keep bee colonies.
From the website Girl Next Door Honey, Hilary Kearney identifies five traits that it takes to be a great beekeeper in her October 25, 2015 article titled “Will You Make a Good Beekeeper?” Kearney believes that great beekeepers are resilient, have a curious mind, use critical thinking, have grace under pressure, and are humble. I have found these traits to not only be important in beekeeping but also in leadership.
“A good beekeeper knows that mistakes are part of learning and that every failure is an opportunity to learn something new.” Leaders often discover failures and setbacks within their organizations. Resilience is an important trait for a leader to possess in order to evaluate the success of their agency and learn from mistakes. Leaders who are willing to find opportunities to learn from, will always find a way to help their agency succeed. A resilient decision maker leading the Payette County Sheriff’s Office is important.
“People who are naturally curious will make the extra effort to look up things that they find in the hive that they do not understand.” (Kearney, 2015) Having a curious mind has helped me learn not only about bees and their behaviors but also about the functioning of the Payette County Sheriff’s Office and how to lead it. My curiosity has led to many new advancements that continue to help the Payette County Sheriff’s Office serve our communities. I have always paid attention to new technologies and analyze them to see if they are beneficial to the Payette County Sheriff’s Office mission. A couple of these items are Text-2-911 and a 911 Phone System that allows us to have an automatic backup to our 911 Dispatch Center with Washington County. This partnership with Washington County ensures that your 911 will always reach a dispatcher, who can get help to you.
“I encourage new beekeepers to seek out as many different perspectives and techniques as possible and then make their own decision about what they think is best.” Leadership is more than just listening to other people; it also includes critically thinking about their suggestions and implementing what will enhance the mission of their organization. I enjoy talking with citizens, employees, and other leaders to find more efficient methods to provide safe communities. I have used these methods to identify needed improvements in the Payette County Sheriff’s office and develop strategies to reach them. As the next Sheriff, my use of critical thinking will enable the Payette County Sheriff’s Office to move confidently into the future.
Leaders need to be able to have grace under pressure. I had the opportunity to develop this ability when serving as a law enforcement officer. Kearney points out, “beekeepers who can stay calm even when things go wrong tend to make better beekeepers.” The way a leader handles pressure leading a department or a community sets the tone for both. People look toward a leader for direction. A calm response during a crisis helps an agency and a community navigate through a crisis. As Payette County’s Emergency Manager, I have evaluated situations, listened to sources with input, and provided the leadership necessary to guide our community forward, even during a crisis.
I learned to be humble at an early age. A person’s ego can often get in the way of accomplishing great things. Kearney says, “Beekeeping can be a humbling experience because it is impossible to understand everything about bees. There is so much we don’t know, and there are a lot of things that are out of our control.” A leader, much like a beekeeper, must remain humble in order to keep learning. My involvement with improvement projects at the Payette County Sheriff’s Office has served to highlight the fact there is always room for improvement and additional learning. Co-workers, community members, and other leaders have the ability to support each other to make any goal achievable. I value all the contributions others make to further improve the Payette County Sheriff’s Office. I enjoy having the opportunity to meet with our business leaders, community members, and employees to talk about the things that matter most to our community.
Hilary Kearney identified the five traits of great beekeepers as resilient, having a curious mind, using critical thinking, having grace under pressure and humility. As a forward-thinking leader, I’ll use all five of these traits to lead the Payette County Sheriff’s Office and to continue to make our communities safe places to live in.
A candidate that believes in partnership with citizens to make our communities safer.