Being a leader in Kenosha in 2020 and beyond…

From learning more about Kenosha as a team to the importance of building credibility by knowing oneself to working towards a common goal of choosing our preferred projects to listening to Kenosha leaders speak of its history and potential for the future. My October session highlights include the following: learning more about each other, our projects, and Kenosha.

Highlight #1: Not only did we have the assignment to come up with a team driven Kenosha tour log, we learned about places in Kenosha that we may have driven past and not even noticed. In doing so we learned more about each other.

Before one can learn about others, first, one must know oneself and be able to communicate that to others. Our reading assignment for the October session was to read Chapters 1-3 in Kouzes and Posner’s The Truth about Leadership. Chapters 2-3 specifically focus on the importance of knowing oneself and being able to communicate that to others. So, I ask you readers of this blog (in a paragraph or less) can you confidently explain who you are, what you care about, and why you do what you do?

Highlight #2: As our last blog noted, we have been divided up into four teams. The information that we’ve all been waiting for came to us via email prior to our October session: What are the projects for the 20-21 LK class? We had a short amount of time to rank the projects that will consume some part of our lives throughout the rest of 2020 and about half of 2021. As it has been noted many times since the 20-21 LK retreat, something different happened. The majority of our teams were granted the opportunity to do the project that we ranked #1.

Highlight #3: Not only did we have the chance to learn more about each other and our projects, we were also able to learn about Kenosha from leaders of Kenosha. My favorite quote from the speakers at the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting is from Marvin Bembry, who so eloquently described, “The current normal of ‘change’ is emblematic of the new/future normal”.

I leave you with this because “normal” is a topic that seems to creep into our conversations often. Back to you readers of this blog, what if we change our perspective, as Marvin suggests? Will that change our perspectives of ourselves?

—Linda Noyce

Leadership Kenosha – October 2020