Thursday, April 5, 2012

To Lead Your Way to a Stronger Network, Start Here

So, you have a vision. You’re ready to “be the change you want to see in the world” (or in your community, industry or organization). You have aspirations of becoming a change catalyst and want to be viewed as a thought leader.

But where do you start? Who will support your vision? And where can you find these like-minded and equally inspired allies?

Earlier this week, Mary Scheibel presented on the topic of leadership at the Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) 2nd Annual Young Professionals Leadership Academy. Her presentation “Taking Your Network to the Next Level,” looked at how to build a supportive, reliable network by first demonstrating your leadership aptitude.

Everyone has to start somewhere, and a leader is no different. Find a cause, organization or an association that’s important to you. Then, figure out where you can make an impact, offer to lead an initiative or program, roll up your sleeves and help get the work done.

The benefits are numerous. You’ll make good things happen. You’ll develop a new or sharpened focus for your career and maybe even your life. You’ll gain emotional fortitude and build character. And in the process, you’ll diversify your network, establishing relationships with business and community leaders you otherwise wouldn’t have met.

Excellence starts with leaders of good character who engage in the entire process of leadership. Exhibit attributes of a values-driven leader – ethical, courageous, conscientious and aspiring. Build your value as a leader and watch your network expand and strengthen.

Discover other key success factors in taking your network to the next level by viewing the presentation slides.

1 comment:

Mike Quill said...

I enjoyed reading this post, it has some great inspirational remarks. I've recently become associated with a few groups on a personal level - outside of work. The thought process described here closely mirrors the rationale behind my decision. That and the opportunity to really help a cause which I feel is important.