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Gov. Terry Branstad

Gov. Terry Branstad

Today, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad became the longest-serving governor in the history of the United States. He has been governor for nearly 21 years.

One of the biggest reasons for Gov. Branstad’s longevity is that he spends a lot of time with the people of his state. He visits each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year. He routinely stops in at small, family-run businesses. He often gives talks at rural schools.

Bonnie Campbell says this about Gov. Branstad—“He’s everywhere…Everybody feels they know him.”

One way to become a successful leader is to spend time with the people you want to lead. Go to where the people are. Mingle with them. Get to know them. They will appreciate it, and you will gain their trust. Then you can influence their lives in a positive way.

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care…”—1 Peter 5:2.


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