June 15, 2018
Leadership McKean Graduates 2018 Class
2018 McKean Leadership graduate, Alan Trotter, speaks at graduation ceremony relative to his recent experience in McKean Leadership.
Alan D. Trotter, Jr. Speach at Leadership McKean Graduation Ceremony
In the course of one's personal and professional development, it is often a challenge to find the proper resources, build strong networks, and meet business leaders within the surrounding area. Leadership McKean accomplishes more than just that.
Throughout this past year, our class members were given the opportunity to hear from numerous leaders in both the public and private sectors. We were able to engage them in conversation and ask them questions, one-on-one. We may not have gotten that opportunity outside of Leadership McKean. For me, it is incredibly valuable to meet current leadership in smaller, more intimate settings. My experience in this year's class has far surpassed all of my expectations.
I must admit that my focus back in October was simply to network with different people, with who I would not have the chance to meet on my own. My work in church ministries often limits my ability to meet and network with people to those who are part of the congregation. Over the past year, I have had the chance not only to meet and network with people from McKean county, and people from different vocational settings.
I have enjoyed getting to know many people from around McKean County and various companies, but the single greatest experience I had in Leadership McKean was working with people who have different gifts and strengths than mine. While most of us tend to surround ourselves with
people like us, Leadership McKean was an opportunity to really put into perspective how a synergy develops among people of differing gifts and strengths. LM has been an excellent experience in developing emotional intelligence and relational awareness.
Leadership teacher, mentor, coach, and author John Maxwell tells us that "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another."
Photo of Alan D. Trotter Jr.
I feel that we have been given that opportunity over these past months to begin thinking about how that applies to our current positions, with our coworkers, our supervisors, and even our company owners. We have been told that we are the future leadership of McKean county, and that we are the ones on whom our companies depend to lead into the next generation. While I may not work in companies like many of my classmates, my work depends on people like my classmates, who possess those leadership qualities, who are people that work in the banks, the courthouses, the refineries, among many other organizations both public and private.
In the words of the motivational speaker Simon Sinek, author of Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” If there is one thing to gain from our experience in Leadership McKean, it is knowing that we all have the strengths to be a leader in every avenue of life, and we can add value to those around us. The choice to be that leader is yours.
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