President’s Message for September 2016

prex-message“Where You Lead” by Carole King is a favorite of mine.  She states, “Where you lead, I will follow” and how true is that when it comes to volunteer administration?!  We need to make sure we are leaders in the field of volunteerism.  We want our volunteers to be motivated to “follow our lead” and to inspire others to do the same.

When does someone stop becoming a manager and start becoming a leader? This topic is a highly contentious debate in the field.  Leaders and managers are complementary but they have different processes. Typically, though, their functions overlap.  Managers are about stability and leaders are about change. Leaders inspire people to think about what’s possible.  Those who inspire us to “lead and we will follow” set vision, influence us, interpret information, create commitment to goals and are people oriented.

Leadership and professional development go hand in hand and it is my honor to be on this journey with you all.  I hope to see you at the GRAVA Social and if not there, at the October Roundtable,

Melissa M. Gilmore, M Ed., CVA
GRAVA President

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