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.
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.
Last Thursday and Friday the VMCs had the opportunity to reflect on the past few months at their sites during our Mid-Year Retreat.
This time provided the VMCs to take an important step towards moving from past experiences into the next phase with deeper understanding.
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.