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Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All I Observe by Chad Smith

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STATE OF THE NATION: GOING FROM POINT A TO POINT B

August 31, 2009

Greetings. It is my honor and privilege to address you and inform you of the state of the Cherokee Nation. When I was inaugurated as principal chief 10 years ago, traditionalist Benny Smith admonished me to be a student of the Cherokee Nation and people. I have done that each day since then and report to you now on the state of our Nation, our progress, and our challenges.

Introduction: We Are on a Journey

Leadership is the process of going from Point A, the status quo, to Point B, our vision for the future. The knowledge and intelligence to develop the ability to lead ourselves, our families, our communities, and our Nation are achieved by the Cherokee concept of learning from ...

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