The world has been hit by a global pandemic and it is affecting everyone regardless of age, race, gender, or economic status. People are losing their jobs, they are losing their loved ones, and they are even losing the will to live. I have seen families lose their loved ones because of Covid19, and you know what’s more heartbreaking? Some are losing their loved ones not because they contracted Covid19, but because they have lost the will to live as their lives are being turned upside down by the sequence of events. What I’m saying is, people are taking their own lives. Others are developing health conditions because of what they are going through. Stress and depression are on the rise among all age groups. Because of not going to school, playgrounds, or their favorite spots, the children are more likely to suffer mentally (Santhanam, 2020). Due to the nature of the issue, everyone is depending on the government for help and guidance. I understand things are hard for everyone, but this is the time for our leaders to show their commitment to the people they chose to represent. We are in need of effective leadership.
Elaine (2018) says that community leaders should walk besides the people and not from above. Those who have positions of leadership must demonstrate principles and practices of good leadership. It is the least they can offer the people who put them in power. The people of Nevada need a leader who can walk beside them and listen to them. Businesses that closed down, and the thousands that lost their jobs are in need of someone who can take care of their financial problems. Instead of making laws and forcing them on the people without consideration, the leaders should take their time and listen to the people before taking any action.
An effective leader should not take all the community problems and try fix them singlehandedly, rather they should work together with the members of the community to facilitate solutions. If the councilmembers could have cared to come and listen to the people, understand what they are going through, may be better procedures to fight Covid19 in Nevada could have been implemented. Things could have been better. Be it keeping businesses open, ensuring people get stimulus checks on time, or making Hydroxychloroquine readily available instead of cancelling it.
An effective community leader should communicate to more people, and negotiate with them always before making major decisions that affect the people. A leader should be more comfortable knowing that they are taking action with the whole community in mind. But if they make laws that affect the whole state of Nevada and don’t communicate or gather information from the people, they are most likely going to hurt more people than they help. The arbitrary and capricious closures and denying access to Hydroxychloroquine orders do exactly that. It shouldn't happen. Government officials have never missed a check, but we can’t say the same for small business owners who were forced to close down by the Governor's directive. And it is the same for employees who had to go home after they were laid-off. Owing this turn of events, some business owners had to go to court suing the government for shutting down their businesses. They were fighting for themselves and for the employees. In August 2020, MGM Resorts laid off 18,000 employees (Bennett & Haring, 2020). And this is one business, there are many others that had to send 3, 5, 10, 100, or 500 employee’s home. What was done to help these people? Nothing that I know of. Our leaders need to do better when it comes to dealing with such matters. If you are in a bad situation regarding business closure or reopening, reach out to me at joeygilbertlaw.com and I will help you.
Bennett, A., & Haring, B. (2020, August 28). MGM Resorts will lay off 18,000 workers as business still lags from pandemic. Deadline. https://deadline.com/2020/08/mgm-resorts-18000-layoffs-as-post-pandemic-business-lags-1202883476/
Elaine, S. (2018, January 8). 10 characteristics of community leaders. Learning, Teaching and Leadership. https://drsaraheaton.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/10-characteristics-of-community-leaders/#
Santhanam, L. (2020, March 19). Why your mental health may be suffering in the COVID-19 pandemic. PBS NewsHour. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/why-your-mental-health-may-be-suffering-in-the-covid-19-pandemic