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Leadership Focus is written by Deke Copenhaver, Principal with Copenhaver Consulting LLC. The former mayor of Augusta, a triathlete, writer and runner, Deke is focused on transforming great ideas into great actions.

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The Art of Leadership and Always Taking the Long View

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December 9, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

As local elected officials serving cities throughout the great state of Georgia, we have perhaps one of the best leadership platforms available to set an example for the next generation of leaders as to what true public service looks like.

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The Art of Leadership: Learning from the Voices of Children

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November 11, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

As local elected officials and leaders throughout our state, I would encourage each of us to take the time to talk to and to really listen to children in our communities. They’re smart, they’re aware and they have real concerns for, and insights into, the places they and their families call home.

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Leadership and Why Telling Our Stories Matters

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October 7, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

I continue to be reminded that all politics are local and that people gravitate to stories of hope and inspiration. 

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Leading for the Bell Curve and Not the Extremes

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September 10, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

Not pandering to the extremes or the vocal minorities in any leadership role you may occupy may be difficult at times, but leadership is never easy. Focusing in on the needs of those that make up the majority of the bell curve is always the best way to proceed.

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Leadership Lessons: Don’t Be a Bully, Don’t Walk Alone, and Keep Your Team Safe and Secure

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August 12, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In a world where a "win at all costs" mentality seems to have taken root in many sectors of our society, I believe that the world is hungrier now more than ever for true, authentic leadership. In this column I’d like to take the opportunity to share with you some leadership lessons I’ve learned along the way which I hope will be helpful in your own leadership endeavors.

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Putting People Over Politics: Why It’s Now More Important Than Ever

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July 16, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

It’s painfully obvious to me, and many people that I talk to on a regular basis, that elected officials putting their politics above the people they serve has continually led to the same result, an undermining of public trust in the institution of government and the political process as a whole.

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Moving Beyond Labels and Perceptions

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June 13, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In his June column, Deke Copenhaver shares the perceptions people have of what a political leader is and reminds local elected leaders of the important role they play in influencing the leaders of tomorrow and shaping our nation's political climate.

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The Work of Building Better Leaders Continues

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May 14, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In his May column, Deke Copenhaver talks about his first book came about, GMA's small role in how he became a published author, and his deep belief of the important role cities play in our national life.

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Leadership and Civic Pride: Inspiring Hope in Cities

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April 15, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In a time when our politics have become more toxic than ever before, I believe that it is of the utmost importance that leaders at the local level heighten their efforts to engender a sense of civic pride in current and future generations. 

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City Centers Represent Heartbeat of Our Communities

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March 12, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In what can often be a siloed world, downtowns everywhere ultimately represent a melting pot and a connection point where local citizens and visitors alike can gather together on common ground.

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Young Leaders Inspire Hope for the Future

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February 14, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In cities across our state there are dynamic, energetic and emerging young leaders doing amazing things who are just waiting to be given a seat at the table and be part of the decision-making process of how our communities grow and evolve.

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Statesmanlike Leadership: Impacting the Next Generation

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January 11, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

I’ve come to realize that it’s physically impossible to join hands and work together if we maintain a constant focus on pointing fingers and placing blame, which seems to be a national obsession in politics these days.

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Finding Inspiration in the Leaders Among Us

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December 12, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

In a world so often fraught with controversy and confusion, it’s my humble opinion that true servant leadership, the kind that gives people hope and inspiration, is now more important than ever. 

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Moving Beyond Partisan Politics Starts at the Local Level

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November 12, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

During these turbulent political times, where our nation seems to be hopelessly divided along partisan lines, I firmly believe that if things are going to change, the change must begin at the local level.

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Treating Others with Dignity and Respect: Why it Still Matters

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October 10, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

Today’s world, particularly in politics, seems to be increasingly bereft of the idea that treating people with common decency is a good thing, much less as a character trait we should encourage current and future generations to emulate. How do we fix a problem that seems unfixable in a society all too fixated on the idea that “might makes right” combined with a win at all cost mindset? 

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