Be A Leader
This week is a special guest post from Sueling Ching, Executive Director West Ottawa Board of Trade. Sueling originally wrote this post earlier in the year, but we liked it so much and with Leadercast Women right around the corner, we wanted to share it with you again.
Have you ever heard the term ‘natural born leader’? What comes to mind? A person with confidence, influence and passion. Someone with vision, clarity and who seems to attract success. These would be some common traits of leaders we see around the world today and hopefully in our everyday lives. The simple definition of leader is someone who others follow. How a leader creates a following can be more complicated. And one wonders, how common is the mere pursuit of effective leadership? It has been said we are facing a global leadership gap. Fortunately, we have among us those who are working toward closing that gap in Ottawa.
I have spent many years working in community development and advocating for leadership in business, organizations and schools.So when I came to Ottawa and began looking for ways to support our business community, one of the first things I investigated were the opportunities to create and build leaders. I was very impressed to learn that our community hosted an annual conference called Leadercast. This one-day conference hosted in Atlanta features some of the world’s foremost thought leaders and it is telecast live in hundreds of countries worldwide. What a wonderful use of our technology to share information and inspiration and gather thousands of people together at one time to learn how to become better leaders in their lives, their businesses and their communities.
I have attended many of these events over the years and never cease to be amazed by the wealth of knowledge and potential for growth that is made possible by the simple act of actively listening to and networking with fellow change makers. It can be challenging to prioritize the art of personal growth in our busy schedules. However, those that make the time and focus on improving their skills and character will eventually out-perform those who do not. The real question is, who do you want to be?
• If you are an individual who wishes to improve your quality of life and relationships, be more successful in your chosen profession and contribute more to your community then be a leader.
• If you are a business owner or manager who is looking for a way to grow and increase your bottom line by developing your greatest asset, your people, then be a creator of leaders.
• If you are a community leader, a parent, a teacher or a mentor who wants to elevate our community and close the leadership gap then share the message about improving leadership
Be great today. Be a leader. Cheers to your success, Sueling
Sueling has led the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA of Brockville and Area, and founded her own organization “Live Now”. Her passion for innovation, growth, communication, and people have served those communities and organizations well.
Possibilities surround us all the time. Sueling is known for recognizing opportunities that others have not fully acknowledged and then bringing those possibilities to life by collaborating closely with other leaders.
Her passion for her work is the same passion that she has for her family, for an active and energetic life, and for her closest relationships.
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