by Craig H. McFarland, Mayor, City of Casa Grande

Defining leadership can be a challenge. A friend shared a quote from Douglas MacArthur that 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 does not set out to be a leader; but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

We are not given leadership, it is earned!

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.

Leadership is linked to personality styles and can extend from the glass is half empty to the glass is half full. My style has always been the glass is half full, or in other words, use a positive approach when dealing with people. Over the last 20 months, I have had many opportunities to speak with individuals and groups about Casa Grande. My approach with City matters is to highlight the positive and find ways to support, promote and market our community. It has been, and will be, my passion.

Where is this leadership taking us? Casa Grande is positioned for tremendous growth. We need to be prepared and manage this growth. From 2018 to 2019, and beyond, there are thousands of new jobs projected with future large projects. Additionally, as my friend Mr. Powell always says, “The best communities are the most livable, sustainable and provide the best quality of life to residents.”

From here we can build on a plan to positively promote our community. We have our new Community Center, world class soccer fields, large industry, an amazing mountain trail system, a great hospital, Neon Park and a real downtown. With our council leadership we can manage growth, and more importantly, manage what growth looks like. I believe we all want a community that has things for people, has things to do, has managed growth and ultimately is a place that is livable, sustainable and has the best quality of life.

Craig H. McFarland, Mayor, City of Casa Grande


by Scott Shickler and Jeff Waller

  1. Everything is possible. Dream big, embrace creativity and expect results.
  2. Passion first. Pursue your authentic talents and deepest interests.
  3. We are connected. Explore the synergies in all relationships and learn to empower one another.
  4. 100% accountable.
  5. Attitude of gratitude.
  6. Live to give.
  7. The time is now.