Here’s food for thought . . . Words are weapons; they can build people up or tear people down.
Recently, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group had the pleasure of hosting California’s senior Senator Dianne Feinstein – a leader I have long admired for bringing civility and bipartisanship to the United States Senate.
In our 55-minute, on-stage conversation before 315 CEOs and Silicon Valley leaders, the Senator shared her views on important economic issues ranging from cybersecurity, immigration reform, patent reform and BART to San Jose; as well as ominous global issues like the violence in Ukraine and the Middle East, with senseless slayings of American journalists and thousands of Christians and other minorities by the terrorist organization known as ISIS.
What was most inspiring about Senator Feinstein was much more than her deep grasp of a wide range of issues, or her solid advice on the politics of moving intricate policy items forward. Instead, it was her genuine warmth for everyone in the room. Whether a Fortune 500 company executive, a startup CEO or the interns who volunteer in our offices, the Senator was generous with her time and gracious with her comments.
The luncheon session ended with a question on what brings her hope. Her response: Citizens in our state and nation who care about our communities, and contribute with their time and talent.
For 55-minutes, the entire hall of Valley leaders was spellbound – listening and learning from a leader who has earned our respect and admiration. Rather than tearing others down, we once again witnessed a leader dedicated to lifting others up. Our country would be well-served by more leaders like her.