Governor Barbour speaks to Boys State

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) -  Governor Haley Barbour was in the Pine Belt Tuesday, speaking before the American Legion Boys State program at Southern Miss's Bennett Auditorium.

The Governor talked about the qualities essential to being an effective leader. He said a respected leader has to surround himself or herself with a trustworthy team. Additionally, he said a leader has to be willing to take the fall when things go wrong, and share the credit with those around them when good things happen.

Barbour said those lessons sound simple enough but they can be challenging when put into practice.

During a question and answer session, Barbour also commented on his decision to forgo running for President. He said it was an all encompassing commitment excluding everything else in ones life and he just didn't have the burning desire to pursue the country's top job.

However, the Governor said he plans to be involved with electing a Republican candidate to replace President Obama.

According to Haley Barbour, "We need a new President and I will be working hard to elect a new President. In what role, that remains to be seen, I'm thinking about it. I haven't come to a conclusion and don't feel like I'm in any rush. One reason is I don't feel like the Republican field is rounded out yet, I think there may be other candidates. Beyond that, there is no reason for me to be in a hurry."

Barbour also said at 63 years old, he doesn't plan to retire following his term in the Governor's office. He explained that he is considering his options.

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