I’ve done a lot of contemplation on what it truly means to be a leader over the last few days. That’s probably not much of a surprise for those who know I accompanied the participants in the Norwich High School’s Leadership Project on their retreat in the Adirondacks this past weekend.
After four days of listening to discussions on leadership and making the acquaintance of some truly amazing people (as all of the participants and adult chaperones were), I have reached some conclusions.
I have decided that, for me, a leader is someone who has a compelling vision with which they are able to truly inspire others. A leader is someone who cares deeply for and believes in their organization and the people around them. A leader is someone who has the courage to stand up for their convictions and does not waver in the face of adversity.
And a true leader, doesn’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk and lead by example.
I came to these conclusions, not after reading a handout or listening to a speaker. They were drawn after I spent four days observing such and individual in action. That person is Joe Maiurano. (The teacher, not the mayor.)