5. What do you consider to be the principal strengths and capabilities that have made you an effective civic community leader? Are they rooted in action, in your personal style, in your organizational, political, and personal relationships, or in something else?
I think that my key strength is my determination and belief that if I set my mind to something, I can achieve it. I also believe that people can find a common goal and are willing to take steps towards meeting it. Sometimes one of my roles is to help identify opportunities or problems and break them down so that the next steps are recognizable. I also feel very strongly about respecting the strengths and opinions of others. Even if I have a different opinion, it doesn’t invalidate another person’s.
6. There are five key roles that civic leaders often play in their community:
- Mentor: teaching and engaging the young
- Mediator: helping to resolve community conflict
- Monitor: serving as a public watchdog
- Mobilizer: working to bring about social change
- Motivator: urging people toward public good and away from self-interest
As you think about your own civic involvement in our community, which of these roles have you played and which do you consider to be your strongest?
I am rarely a public face. My role usually is working with individuals and small groups to influence change in Health & Human Services Programs. Sometimes, this is working with direct program staff; sometimes with State workgroups; sometimes with community members.
I am most involved in the monitor role. My position really focuses on ensuring that we spend public funds wisely and maintain financial sustainability in our programs. However, I work with others as a mobilizer and as a motivator on key areas that impact Health & Human Services and its programs.Download Article 1K Club