Leading for Business in 2021/22

by Craig McFarland, Mayor, City of Casa Grande

Leadership is linked to personality styles; they vary between the glass is half empty to the glass is half full. My style has always been the glass is half full, or more succinctly, a positive approach when dealing with people.

Over the past years, I have had many opportunities to speak with individuals and groups about Casa Grande. So, my approach with City matters has been to highlight the positive, be a problem solver, find ways to support, promote and market our Casa Grande. It is my passion.


Leadership attributes are found in the 7 Mindsets. They remind me every day: Everything is possible because we are passionate about Casa Grande; we are connected to each other and each other’s success; and it’s about giving back — our attitude of gratitude; and because the time is now! Now is the time to make a difference in our community.

So where is this leadership taking us? Casa Grande is positioned for tremendous growth. We need to be prepared and manage this growth. From 2021/22 forward there are literally thousands of new jobs projected in connection to several large projects. Additionally, as our City Council’s strategic plan outlines, the best communities are those most livable, diverse, sustainable, and that provide the best quality of life for its residents!

Defining leadership can be a challenge. A friend shared a quote I think does a good job of defining leadership:

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He/she does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the quality of actions and the integrity of intent.” — Douglas MacArthur

We are not born with or assigned true leadership; it is earned. In the end, leaders are much like eagles — they don’t flock together, you find them one at a time.