Niagara Gazette


September 17, 2012

LEADERSHIP IN ACTION: Traveling to Haiti requires strength of conviction

Niagara Gazette — Three years ago I was faced with a dilemma. During my first month as director of Leadership Niagara, one of our class members called to notify me that she would not be attending our health care session.

As many know, the Leadership Niagara program draws people from all walks of life who are looking to build their leadership skills and network with other leaders.  Each year a new class of leaders signs up for experiences through our program and we work together through a variety of experiences to evolve together as stronger leaders.

This classmate had a great fear of the medical industry due to the way she felt her mother was treated before her death.  She experienced a lot of anger and fear about entering the facility.

Immediately I understood her fears and I wanted to provide comfort and tell her it was okay not to attend.  However, my understanding of leadership set in. I knew this was a challenge for her and one I needed to see her succeed through. Ultimately she found the courage and confidence to participate in the day and thanked me for it.  The class pointed to this as an example of personal leadership in action and it helped set our organization in a new direction.

To me that is what leadership development is all about — keeping our class members fully engaged, trying new things, acting boldly, and making a difference.  I know that leadership demands sacrifice and risk and I don’t expect others to take greater risks or sacrifices than I am willing to make.  So when I was asked last month to travel to Haiti to explore a potential leadership partnership, I jumped at the opportunity.

In the two weeks I had to prepare for the trip I was questioned as to why, as a mother of four children, I would want to travel to Haiti and to leave what is comfortable and familiar. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page