The curse of leadership is that it is measured only in difficult times, when decisions are made with limited knowledge and implemented with limited resources. All too often, vindication comes long after the specific leader has vacated his or her post.
Sometimes, though, some actions taken during tough times are immediately recognizable as prudent, thoughtful, and forward thinking.
One such example is Gov. Kim Reynolds’s unwavering efforts to help Iowa climb out of the recent economic downturn and help get people back to work. While some states were making missteps that prolonged their joblessness and stymieing, Reynolds’ Iowa developed a pro-work agenda and reputation.