As we chose the individuals to profile in this year's Powerbook issue, a common thread soon emerged during our discussions about issues facing the midstate and the people currently making an impact on them.
In the end, every person selected was about turnaround and teamwork. All also are dedicated to work whose outcomes will affect the economic health and quality of life of thousands of people in the years to come.
Each has tackled a major problem — whether that's urban blight, downtown business revitalization, economic recovery or development — with a clear vision and an ability to get the right people on board.
And isn't that what leadership is about? The truly powerful get things done by persuading others to work together to achieve common goals.
In fact, that reliance on teamwork means that, for the first time, we profile groups of people in addition to individuals.
The goal might be uniting the public and private sectors to keep the business district of Lancaster vibrant. Or it might be using global success to realize a vision in York that connects the city to the world in new, sustainable ways. Or it's using a lifetime of experience in reconciling disparate viewpoints to craft a plan that will pull Harrisburg out of its financial mire.
It's no accident, in fact, that the majority of our Powerbook individuals this year are working to keep the midstate's cities strong.
But vision and teamwork also can rally a community to support health care services for the neglected and forgotten in Harrisburg. They can create a drive for excellence that's helping to fuel the economic engine in rural Lebanon County.
And they definitely came to the fore in bringing a major corporation such as Cumberland County-based Rite Aid back to competitive health.
Our 2013 Powerbook individuals also have a couple of other traits in common: Not one would take sole credit for what's been accomplished — nor would any say the job is done.
That's powerful leadership, too.
They by no means represent the only powerful figures in the midstate. Every day, in a variety of arenas, movers and shakers are getting the job done for the betterment of their businesses, their communities and the region. We're grateful for this annual opportunity to introduce you to a few of them.