The Meaning and Satisfaction of Civic Engagement for Emerging Sage Leaders

Gary Quehl September 5, 2013 0
The Meaning and Satisfaction of Civic Engagement for Emerging Sage Leaders


Gary Quehl and William Bergquist

I’ll take on the world to help someone else. That is part of who I am, and this keeps my life in perspective. Emerging Sage Leader

The sources of meaning and satisfaction for emerging sages include achieving organizational success, aiding others, helping the community to improve, the intense feelings that can arise from collaboration and consensus-building, and personal and professional growth.

Organizational Achievement and Success

The primary satisfaction that emerging sages get is participating in activities that lead to the achievement of organizational goals. Specific examples include opening a new high school on the assumption that there is more than one way to go about education, leading school culture away from intimidation and bullying to a place where everyone can be heard and respected, turning around an organization’s reputation, knowing that a government agency is making a huge difference, finding a committed group of people who really want to change the school food program, mentoring an executive director, learning that systems integration can work, and a surprise discovery that teamwork can reduce school layoffs while sustaining governmental services in the face of budget cuts:

What is most meaningful and satisfying is that our efforts have led to an ability to sustain most core Health & Human Services programs. When one branch is operating in the red due to the vagaries of funding, another branch helps out until solutions are found. There is a pendulum of funding in hard times. By pulling together and thinking creatively, we are able to sustain more than we ever could by retreating to our individual silos.

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