In my last post I mentioned that I met some interesting people while I was away for the week.
I feel that I need to elaborate a bit.
Last week I attended a leadership conference in Carefree, Arizona. This conference is the only annual program that truly blends the mission of Lutheran social ministry with proven approaches to leadership, growth, and development. After reading the agenda, I didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity to strengthen my leadership skills and to broaden my professional development.
Did I mention that I’m from Ohio and haven’t seen grass since Labor Day? When it is 24 degrees Fahrenheit, my children think that it’s warm enough to put the windows down in my car while driving. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t totally looking forward to spending some time in the warm sun as well.
Preparing for this trip I thought that I would just go and sit in on sessions about leadership and that the conference would only have an impact on my profession. I figured I would have very little real life interaction with the other attendees and probably end up only talking about work. I doubted that I would make strong bonds with people and I certainly wouldn’t be leaving with a mentor.
Boy was I wrong!
Not only did I learn about leadership; each person that attended the conference ended up teaching me a little something about life in general.
This may get lengthy but I feel it’s necessary…
Judy taught me that no matter the struggle, there will be a beautiful outcome.
Kelsey taught me to break big problems down into manageable pieces as not to be overwhelmed…and to do it with a smile.
Gina and AnnaMarie taught me that if something isn’t working, don’t force it. Regroup and move on in another direction.
Eric taught me that without commitment you end up without any actual results. If we don’t help out one person when they fall; the whole team will end up on the ground.
Chuck taught me to think about my future and that I must take responsibility for my own development.
Bryan taught me that I must be willing to always have an open door and an open heart.
Phil taught me to take a genuine interest in people around me. To actually care.
Steve taught me about relationships. Even if it’s early in the friendship you should still make yourself available to come to the rescue. Especially, if someone is stranded at the rodeo!
James taught me that a good leader gives clear directions and sets expectations.
David taught me about the element of surprise.
Marti taught me to start where I’m at and to keep persevering and I will accomplish things that may seem out of my reach.
Melinda taught me that as long as I am still hearing from God, I am right where I am supposed to be.
Marlene and Jennifer taught me to play to win but to not be a reckless gambler.
Sarah taught me that if everything is important, than nothing is.
Megan taught me that being accountable is one of the best attributes I can possess as a leader.
Mahalia taught me that leadership comes from the inside. People must have the choice to not follow you before they will.
Lori taught me that when I tap into my God given purpose I will find myself at the intersection of being and doing and then I have arrived.
Becky and Melissa taught me to have confidence and not be afraid to take charge. Fear doesn’t just hinder the person that is afraid; it also holds back the entire team.
Jordan taught me about depth. People can’t be sufficiently described by lists of traits and characteristics.
Laurie taught me to relax and not be so quick to answer. I need to take my time and mull things over instead of acting on impulse.
Have you ever attended a work something and then were pleasantly surprised?