In these times, an election may not be at the top of your priority list.

As a person who has lived with a chronic condition for the majority of my life, I know firsthand that health is everything, and when it collapses, there is little else we can do. Having said that, the following is also true: Elections have consequences. Massive, life-impacting consequences.

Who we elect into office — not only at the federal level, but at the state and local level — matters. You see evidence of this all across our great nation and all across our great state. In a crisis, leadership and trust matter more than ever.

But what does true leadership look like? A true leader doesn't look to take credit; they give it.

A true leader doesn't point the mirror back on themselves; they redirect it to others. In other words, a true leader doesn't make the crisis about them; instead, they turn the attention and focus to others. True leaders inspire leadership in everyone around them.

When faced with calamity and uncertainty, true leaders know solutions take precedence over who gets the credit. When you vote in an election, think not about how this person will act when times are good. Instead, think about how this person will lead when the chips are down and the stakes are highest. And ask yourself: Will this person inspire others to do what is right and what is hard, in our darkest hour?

In reality, it will take all of us, working in common cause, to overcome the biggest crisis of our lifetime. We all need to be the leaders we seek; if we are to survive this moment, we all need to inspire greatness in one another. Truth is, we are all on the ballot this year.

John Kennedy, Aurora