15. What is the one mistake you see leaders making more frequently than others?
Losing focus on the mission is one mistake I see leaders making. We get so busy with what’s on our plate that we forget why we’re here.
16. What are you doing to continue growing and developing as a leader?
I went through the Nevada County Community Leadership Institute (NCCLI) last year. That was a wonderful experience and an excellent use of my time. I try to keep learning and meeting new people. I also try very hard to stay connected to the community.
17. What are the one or two peak experiences that set you on the path you’re on today?
My military experience exposed me to diversity. I was raised in a small town with certain beliefs and values. The military provided me an appreciation for people from all walks of life.
Making the transition from a worker to a supervisor.
18. The three characteristics most often associated with sage leadership are unusual experience, sound judgment, and wisdom. What does having wisdom mean to you?
Wisdom means embracing differences and finding common ground.
19. As you look back over your life what would you do differently?
I don’t think I would do anything differently. I think that every experience I had just opened up new doors. If I wouldn’t have taken one path, even the one that I didn’t like, I would not have ended up where I am today. Making poor choices can be a humbling experience but it helps you relate to others and encourages you to be tolerant.
20. You probably know other individuals who have emerging sage leadership talents and skills, but are not currently involved in the public life of our community. Why do you believe they choose to be uninvolved? What might be done to encourage their involvement?
There are many factors that keep people uninvolved in the traditional sense. Different people are at different points in their lives. Some may want to focus their energy on raising a family or finishing their education. Sometimes it might be not knowing where to start, or thinking they do not have the skills and abilities that anybody is going appreciate. I think that can be a barrier. We could try to reach folks to get them involved in one area of interest and then help them grow professionally. Or, we could get them involved in something they feel passionately about as the first step. We also need to recognize that not everyone is a leader is the same way. Raising tolerant children, working hard at your job every day, and taking good care of a neighbor all benefit our community even if this person is not seen as a “leader in the traditional sense.
21. One final question: It is often said that the quality of life in our community is highly attractive and unusual. Do you believe this to be true? (If yes): What are the three or four things about our community that you most value and make you want to continue living here?
I value the fact that it’s a small community. I consider it a safe community and a great place to raise children. There is a sense of community and people are trying to improve the quality of life for everyone that lives here.
Is there anything else you’d like to say or ask as we close?
Many thanks for your time and insights. This has been a great interview.Download Article 1K Club