“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams
We have been fortunate to have a long legacy of leadership at the Greater Hall Chamber, and I thank immediate past chairman Randall Frost for his part in keeping the tradition.
A common trait among successful leaders is the ability to inspire others. During my term as chair, I hope to inspire others, as Randall has, and increase Chamber member involvement. Gainesville-Hall County has a diverse base of leadership with folks from all walks of life, and I believe that is exactly what makes our community great. We enjoy outstanding leaders in business, community and philanthropy. We enjoy leadership from all ages, from student/youth leaders to young upcoming professionals to the seasoned leaders that helped form many of our current programs.
The Chamber has hundreds of volunteers that exhibit leadership qualities while working for the betterment of our community. Dozens of committees, the VISION 2030 initiative, Healthcare Consortium, Economic Development Council, Partners in Education, Leadership Hall County, Youth Leadership Hall and The Wisdom Project are just a few programs developing leaders for life.
Leadership Hall County is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (see article on page 15) and is an effective development program that provides the opportunity for existing and emerging leaders to gain insight and knowledge concerning all aspects of the Gainesville-Hall County community. Additionally, the program educates local leaders about the challenges facing our community today.
We must keep in mind what legacy we are seeking to maintain and to build. A good leader must lead not just for today but also for the future. I hope to help in creating a community of leaders that we can pass the baton. I will complete my term as chair this time next year, and the Chamber will move forward with a new set of leaders. That is why it is so critical that we focus not on this year alone but on serving the organization and preparing the next generation to assume their role.
Chamber and community leaders face the challenge of learning from the past and shaping the future. I encourage you to take part in this process. Connect, participate and share your input. Hall County thrives from diverse opinions and creative leadership. I encourage you to be a part of the journey of Developing Leadership for Life.