REAL Leadership Is a Part Of Us

To give a love, you gotta live a love 
To live a love, you gotta be ‘part of’
” 

– Neil Young   
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One question posed at a Candidates Meet and Greet forum asked, “Do our bylaws require a Board officer to participate in CountryPlace activities?”

No, of course not. But real leadership never asks about a minimum requirement, except to reach far beyond what is required. And required or not, real leadership is impossible if you do not care to be a part of the community you wish to lead. If one wishes to lead, then participation in the community is essential. Real leadership must be a part of us.

Does washing windows and picking up litter qualify a person to lead? Of course not. But if you are not willing to serve your neighbors whether friend or not, whether a supporter or not, then you are not ready to lead. Participation is essential. Real leadership must be a part of us.

Does joining discussion groups to offer ideas for getting things done qualify a person to lead? Of course not. But if you cannot listen to homeowners and if you are absent from their forums unless you are in charge, then you should not be in charge. Participation may not be required, but it is essential. Real leadership must be a part of us.

Does acting on the stage qualify a person to lead? or singing with an ensemble? or learning an instrument so you can join a band? or even line dancing? Of course not. But if you have to go outside our community for all of your activities, then you cannot make the decisions on how we conduct ours. Participation is essential. Real leadership must be a part of us.

Does contributing a donation for the golf cart path make you any more qualified to lead? or for the Pear? or for the new street lamps? Of course not. But if you can only pass projects off to the management company so homeowners will pay through assessment hikes what they themselves are willing to do and to donate for, then you are not our leader. Participation may not be required, but it is essential. Real leadership must be a part of us.

Is a person become more qualified to lead by reaching out a helping hand to fix a smoke alarm or pressure wash a driveway, close friend or not, supporter or not? Of course not. But “to live a love, you gotta be ‘part of.’” And real leadership must be a part of us.

Real leadership does not look for excuses like bylaw requirements to get out of being a part of the community. Required or not, real leadership wants  to participate.

Real leadership must be a part of us.

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