This blog is first in a series from alumni about their experience in Scottsdale Leadership. Jolynn Clarke is a graduate of Class X and the Staffing Manager at Salt River Project. Scottsdale Leadership is currently recruiting participants for Class 26. Visit scottsdaleleadership.org for details.
What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned and how did you learn it? One of the most important leadership lessons I’ve learned is that the skills used when working with volunteers – empathy, appealing to a common goal, using humor, finding someone’s passion are just as applicable when working from a management position. In addition, I was introduced to and embraced the ideals of servant leadership during my Scottsdale Leadership class and the staff I currently work with appreciates me using these ideals in our work together.
If you could solve any community issue or need, what would it be? If I could solve any community issue right now it would be to bring more jobs to our community especially in south Scottsdale. Undoubtedly the economy we are struggling with now will have long-lasting effects. More jobs in our area strengthens our economy and our overall community.
What was your most memorable Scottsdale Leadership Class day and why? The most memorable Leadership day for me was the one dedicated to education. I have been, and continue to be, an advocate of public schools. However, I learned through the presenters that day that there are many merits to and needs for charter schools and home schooling. It opened my eyes and my mind. It’s been 15 years and I still tell people about the information shared and the impact it had on me. It was awesome.