Chamber Chat - Effective Leadership

Sep 30

By Meg Moss


“Leadership is being bold enough to have vision, and humble enough to recognize that achieving it will take the efforts of many people – people who are fulfilled when they share their gifts and talents, rather than just work. Leaders create that culture, serve that greater good, and let others soar.” This quote from Kathy Heasely, founder and president of Heasley and Partners, is how we began this past week’s Leadership Sanford class. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Chamber’s Leadership program that was developed to provide a continuous, diverse supply of creative leaders to our community by developing participants’ knowledge of the region and providing them the opportunity for meaningful action.


Taking meaningful action can mean to actually engage in projects, committee work, or civic organizations that light a fuel for you. What is your passion? Taking meaningful action can also include running for local offices. Consider how you can lead others to take meaningful action in areas where you have a joint passion. Great things can come out of a mutual desire for change.


According to an online article from MindSet: Essential Skills for an Excellent Career, leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to "win" as a team or an organization. Yet, while leaders set the direction, they must also use management skills to guide their people to the right destination. That takes us back to the quote at the beginning of this article – “create that culture…and let others soar.”


On Wednesday, October 24th, Express Employment Professionals is hosting the Refresh Leadership Simulcast at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center from 8:30 am – 11:45 am. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from high caliber speakers. In many markets, this type of event is rare, so it’s a great opportunity to learn about leadership development from highly qualified individuals. It also provides an opportunity to get away from the whirlwind of the day to focus on learning more about leading a team and/or a company. And it’s a chance to strengthen or build ties by networking with other local businesses and community leaders.


Speakers during the simulcast include Mark King, former president of Adidas, North America, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) and Secretary of State from 2001-2005,  and Josh Sundquist, author, speaker, and Paralympian. To register for this Leadership Simulcast, please visit Registration is free, but donations of nonperishable foods is encouraged. The food will be donated to the Christians United Outreach Center and the Salvation Army of Lee County.


And I’ll leave you with one more leadership quote from the president of Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer, Stan Kimer. He said "Effective leadership is providing the vision and motivation to a team so they work together toward the same goal, and then understanding the talents and temperaments of each individual and effectively motivating each person to contribute individually their best toward achieving the group goal." 


I encourage you today, and this week, to lead, encourage, share your vision and passion, and actively pursue opportunities to take meaningful action.

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