Original Article: PDF OnlyBaker Edward L. Jr.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: January 1997 - p 1-3 Buy Abstract The portraits of public health leadership provided by contributors to this symposium provide cogent lessons of potential value to all public health leaders. First, by turning power over to the community, a leader may gain respect and support, ultimately leading to a greater level of personal authority and influence. Second, leaders in public health must adopt a business-like approach in which they document the value of prevention programs in the community. Further, leaders must be able to engage skillfully in a dialogue, in which values may differ and perspectives diverge, seeking direction and consensus. Those who shared their experiences seem to be truly optimistic, guided by a “sense of ultimate progress,” as they function in the role of “community caregiver.” A final challenge for leaders is the ongoing need for self-renewal to enhance mental clarity, sharpen perspective, and reinvigorate their sense of purpose. © Aspen Publishers, Inc.