Anyone -- yes, even you -- can develop leadership skills

Are leaders born? Or made? Are there genetic factors that make a leader, or can leadership skills and attributes be learned and developed?

Are leaders born? Or made? Are there genetic factors that "make a leader," or can leadership skills and attributes be learned and developed?

Most of us would say that it's a little of both. Some people are born with personalities or personal qualities that contribute to their leadership potential, and anyone can put time and effort into developing their own potential.

Wow, did I say anyone? Yes.

In over 30 years of working with people of all ages, I have realized that everyone has leadership capabilities. Some would argue that this is not true for them, because they have never had a leadership position, or because they're terrified of public speaking, or... you can fill in the blanks.

But what if we forget about titles and speeches and define leadership simply as "contributing to the greater good"? Might we find a few more leaders among you?

We all know who the visible leaders are in our communities: the board members, committee chairs, selectmen and women, etc. But who are the quiet leaders? They're all around you, helping neighbors, picking up litter during their morning walk, or showing up to help with community work. All of these are important acts of leadership. Indeed, these acts create the heart and soul of communities.

At ROC-NH™, we know how important everyone's efforts are in building healthy and vibrant communities, and we believe that all contributions matter. Our annual Community Leadership training is designed to build the leadership potential of anyone who lives in a resident-owned manufactured-housing community, not just its elected and designated leaders.

Community Leadership starts with an overnight retreat in late September. Then, from November to April, community members meet the first Saturday of each month and learn about effectively managing a co-op, develop leadership and life skills, and network with people who share the same challenges.

Oh, and did I mention the program is free for participants?

Former ROC-NH Organizational Development Specialist Gary Faucher now works for ROC USA.

ROC-NH is a program of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, Inc. and a ROC USA® Certified Technical Assistance Provider
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