Former Gang Members With Deep Roots In Compton Stood Side By Side With LaMar
“Family Members, not family feud. You stand with me, I’ll stand with you.”
LaMar Willis revealed that “asking for help” is one of the most important lessons he has learned as he matured as a leader. His “leadership philosophy” is about being able to connect with people; it’s about building relationships and embracing diversity to build cooperation. He knows that seeking the advice and support of others are the hallmarks of a seasoned leader.
Unity in the community brings Peace and Progress.
LaMar Willis' leadership focus is not only about this election, but about the next generation and their future in the City of Compton. In the tragic wake of recent youth killings in particular in Compton, former gang members with deep roots in Southern California stood side by side in solidarity, turning their attention towards public safety issues which LaMar Willis is concerned with. The proclamation of unity rang from the gathering of former gang members during LaMar Willis' mayoral election run. It was a sight many thought impossible just a few decades ago.
“Asking for help” and being open to the talents, expertise and insights of others is his show of strength that fills the gaps in his own aptitude. In many ways, it is the secret of his leadership success.
In our modern society, the metaphor of the heart is often associated with yielding and kindness. Nonetheless, the heart is also strong, powerful, and the driving force of life. True power means listening from the heart and having the commitment and humility to clear all that stands in the way of that heart connection. Yet, having “heart and soul” goes beyond treating others well; when pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people’s hearts.
Leadership is about focus, concentration, and determination. It is also about values and purpose. It is about having the stamina to stay the distance.
LaMar Willis' bottom-up grassroots approach —much in the way grass grows— is demystifying the myth that we as a community can’t come together. By harnessing support at local level he sends a clear, profound message that is aiming to bring about changes that influence social issues such as youth gang violence, racial injustice, income inequality, or affordable housing.