Reflections on Leadership
15 Albertans share lessons and insights about what it means to be a leader and a community-builder. These informative and inspirational stories provide valuable perspectives on the role of leadership in the nonprofit and voluntary sector.
John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Edmonton
"I think a leader is someone who can recognize and value the humanness in all people."
Listen to Rene
Village of Tilley
"The leader sometimes isn't the person at the front of the parade.
I think the leader is the person who gives people the tools to do what they need to get done."
Listen to John
Airdrie Community Links, Airdie
"Always having a goal in mind."
Listen to Brenda
formerly of the Chinatown Care Centre, Edmonton
"There are inherent leadership traits in everyone ... you want to capitalize on people's strengths."
Listen to Queenie
Action Studies Institute, Calgary
"Ordinary leaders lead people where they want to go.
Great leaders lead people where they ought to go."
Listen to Ken
FCSS Advisory Board, Cochrane
"You have to dream. I am a dreamer. The dreams don't die, just the dreamers, and that brings the passion to want to do something."
Listen to Maureen
formerly with the Town of Olds
"What I am out there doing is building capacity in other people"
Listen to Nina
formerly of the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, Edmonton
"When I work with a group of people, I am assessing: What can I bring?
What can other people bring to the table?"
Listen to Helen
Healthy Communities Initiative, High River
"You say what you mean and then you do what you say ... and you do it well and you do it with integrity."
Listen to Debbie-Layne
Idalia Ivon Pereira
Action for Healthy Communities, Edmonton
"One advice is to believe in people."
Listen to Ivon
Medicine Hat Volunteer and Community Information Centre, Medicine Hat
"I would have to say that I am a servant leader ... that's definitely my style."
Listen to Kim
Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta, Red Deer
"It is the passion to help people."
Listen to Jean
Town of Rocky Mountain House
"It is important that you listen to everybody. You think about it and then you make a decision. You don't just jump into things."
Listen to Jim
Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative, Edmonton
"It is beauty in the sense of human connections and beauty in the sense of we could come to a place of mutual understanding."
Listen to Yvonne
Last reviewed/revised: July 20, 2015
Opokaa'sin Early Intervention Society, Lethbridge
"Leadership is the ability to learn from others and then give it back to other people."
Listen to Tanya