Volume 4, Issue 6

June 2015

Blue Ridge Conference

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October 14 - 16, 2015

Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership

Black Mountain, NC

May’s Lessons in Leadership

As the month of May drew to a close, I reflected on all the month’s observances we hold dear to our hearts – Memorial Day, a celebration of past leaders; Mother’s Day, a celebration of present leaders; and graduation day, a celebration of future leaders.

On Memorial Day, we honor and remember those who’ve died in service to our country. Serving one’s country is a true act of leadership, and many great leaders have arisen through military ranks. Although times have changed, leadership through sacrifice is timeless.

And then there’s Mother’s Day. Let me count the way mothers, as leaders, shape and influence our lives. Moms never lose sight of their vision amidst a hundred competing demands for attention. They provide a healthy and safe environment where their children can grow and thrive. They are patient and always ready to handle the unexpected when something comes along to spoil the best-laid plans. They teach self-sufficiency.

Do you see the parallels to leaders in business? We have many demands on our time, but this shouldn’t take our focus away from what’s important or needed for our teams or organizations to grow and prosper. We also experience the unexpected – often on a daily basis. How we handle those situations helps define us a leaders. And most any mom will tell you, being a true leader means developing your team members so that they’ll no longer need your direct support to grow and succeed.

And, of course, we have Graduation Day – that passage into adulthood in which our young people are ready to change the world with new ideas. These graduates are tomorrow’s leaders. I believe that any leadership lessons we invest in them – in the form of mentorship, encouragement, opening doors, or simply giving them our time – will be returned tenfold.

Although the month of May was very busy, it taught us many lessons. Whether you’re a parent, employee, supervisor, child, grandparent, student, teacher or self-employed, you are called to be a leader. We are all called to be leaders.

As you know, the 2015 Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership is coming up in October. In light of our calling to be leaders, I cannot think of a better opportunity to refresh our drive and vision than through the networking and training this conference provides. In the meantime, let’s get a much needed vacation this summer, then regroup in October. I hope to see you “on the mountain”!

Julie H. Shedd

The Contributor to this month's newsletter is Julie H. Shedd

Board Member, Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership

Director, Human Resources - AMERICAN  Cast Iron Company 


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