Action Through Leadership, Choices of Leaders

Leaders inspire others, motivate, set visions, communicate, respect, and of course, lead by example. Over the last few weeks I have been posing some reflective questions to some of the VMCs. One question in particular covered the topic of leadership. When asked what leadership meant to some of the VMCs, it was expressed that leadership meant the ability to attain four things: social intelligence- having an appetite to manage complex social change, initiative- becoming a self starter, setting a good example- lending a helping hand, and inspiring others- affecting outcomes. These skills do not come naturally, but are acquired through continual hard work and practice.

Selwyn Ramp
Selwyn Ramp, VMC with Chesapeake Natives shared a quote “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things,” Peter F. Drucker.

This speaks to what our members do each day professionally and personally. Coordinators are currently managing 2,791 volunteers who have served 31,614 hours across Maryland. Their desire to bring about change is imperative as leaders at their sites. They are eager, energized, and empowered, focused on program development and tangible outcomes.

Patricia Griffin, VMC with the Baltimore County department of Aging – Home Team experiences leadership as balance between the known and unknown, foreseeing the outcome as an obtainable achievement.
Patricia Griffin, VMC with the Baltimore County department of Aging – Home Team experiences leadership as balance between the known and unknown, foreseeing the outcome as an obtainable achievement.

Last Thursday and Friday the VMCs had the opportunity to reflect on the past few months at their sites during our Mid-Year Retreat.

Ashia MLK
“I feel a great connection to the service I am providing.” VMC Ahisa Moultrie
Megan UMES
“I am learning to realize no matter how small my progress, I am making progress.” VMC Megan Sullivan
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“I absolutely love what I do.” VMC Andi Blohm

This time provided the VMCs to take an important step towards moving from past experiences into the next phase with deeper understanding.

Alex Palmer, VMC with CHEARS and the City of Greenbelt Public Works shared that time management is an effective leadership quality that he like other VMCs hope to master.

 

Sharon
Sharon Baldwin, VMC with Baltimore CASH Campaign touched on being results driven and self- directed as leaders, pioneering for change

As the leaders we know them to be, they continually work to improve and sculpt who they are as Americans who serve, keeping in mind their commitment to impact. By overcoming the challenges they will inevitably face this year. They will inspire, encourage, lead, and revolutionize an ever flourishing community of those that take action. I personally thank the VMCs for all their hard work, leadership, and trust. I look forward to supporting them in their journeys becoming stronger leaders.

Smiling Group Photo
Here’s to you, Alex, Andi, Ashia, Megan, Judy, Roslyn, Simon, Palmela, Patricia, Sharon, Jenny, Arbesa, Ericka, Gabrielle, Jessica, Kelly, Kendra, Patricia B. Sewlyn, William, Winona, and Yary.

 

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