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Strength in Knowledge

Magazine article Business Credit

Strength in Knowledge

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We are in the second year of the celebration of the bicentennial of Lewis and dark's expedition. Why the second year? Because it took 863 days for them to lead their incredibly diverse team 8,000 miles across unknown territory, towards a previously unproven goal.

There are many stories of their amazing leadership skills; one that really stands out occurred late in the summer of 1805. The expedition had finally reached the headwaters of the Missouri River where Meriweather Lewis climbed towards the top of the Continental Divide. Here he was expecting to find his goal-the fabled Northwest passage: an all-water route that would connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Instead, as far as he could see stretched more mountains.

Can you imagine his disappointment? Can you imagine the letdown to the entire group? Yet, in the face of all that disappointment, think of the leadership skills it took to turn that disappointment into optimism-and convince the team to continue forward. Now, that took true leadership!

Jack Uldrich, author of "Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & dark's Extraordinary Westward Expedition" comments: "They remind us that leaders do not so much discover the future, as they do create, motivate, sustain and grow the teams who create our future."

I believe that you are the leaders-you are the strength, the core, the backbone, the motivators of this great association who will create NACM's future. You are the ones who will help guide this business; you are the ones who will define what is important; you are the ones who will identify where to focus; you are the ones who will decide what to tackle next; and you are the ones who will entice and motivate others to join our team.

Dr. Alan Zimmerman said in his March 8th issue of Weekly Tips, "Good managers and good leaders instill a vision of a brighter future, and that vision liberates potential." Another tip was "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." The members of the Lewis & Clark team surely must have felt the incentive of something better for their tomorrow.

Yes, being a great leader takes vision. It can be hard: sometimes, it takes making tough decisions. …

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