Who are the future leaders of Scottsdale? Most people would respond with names of individuals who are in government or public positions, or those who have been publicly recognized for their work. However, if you ask anyone in Scottsdale Leadership you are likely to get a very different answer, and that answer is the reason I chose to pursue the Core Program.
When I was first approached about getting involved in Scottsdale Leadership, I was convinced that I was too busy, too involved in other things, and too focused on my family and job to take on anything else. But I replied ‘Let me see if the idea sticks with me in a few weeks’. I’ve not always trusted my inner voice, but when I have, good things happen. A few weeks passed and this thought about leadership was still in the back of my mind; I was compelled to learn more. I attended an informational evening, and after learning more about the program and visiting with alumni, I knew I wanted to be part of this influential group of people who are passionate about making a difference in our city, communities, and ourselves – I was hooked!
On September 6, Scottsdale Leadership Class XXVIII met Mayor Lane and representatives of the City, and now our journey begins. A journey of 45 people who, although they still maintain their jobs, families and a multitude of other responsibilities, have chosen to spend nine months discovering what leadership really is, and what it takes to lead a city like Scottsdale.
Day 1 was centered on a discovery of our natural styles, getting to know our classmates, and understanding the origins of the organization. Gary Shapiro, one of Scottsdale Leadership’s founders, challenged each of us to be present and teachable, for that is the first step in becoming a leader – being an active listener. Our minds are eager to learn.
What will we learn; where will we go; what will we see? Join us in this blog and see what discoveries you might find within yourself. Expect something new every two weeks.
Now I would like to hear from you. What leaders have made an impact on you? What was significant in what they did for you? Do you have a personal quest to become a leader, and why is this important to you?