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Putting yourself out there to lead and serve
By Nancy Griffin, AAR President
Putting yourself in a situation that is new to you is very scary, not to mention stressful and filled with anxiety. We as human beings don't like to be out of our comfort zone. Not knowing what to expect, who we may have to work with and/or what expectations may be asked of us can be gut-wrenching experiences filled with fear and trepidation.
That's why I am taking this time to thank all of the wonderful members of the Aurora Association of REALTORS® who are committing themselves and their talents to new horizons and lofty goals – those who are seeking to take on leadership roles not only at local levels, but statewide as well.
Looking for leaders
This is the time of year when we look to our membership for individuals with great knowledge, experience and a passion for what they do. We look inward to find new leaders who will help take our Association to the next level with purpose and meaning. We look for those who have skills and talents they want to share and who are as individual as each one of us.
Some of those individuals are considering running to become part of AAR's Board of Directors (Director elections are next month, and profiles of the candidates are on pages 10-11 of this issue.). The potential candidates attended a meet and greet at the Association office in May, gathering to ask questions of the current directors and nominating committee and to share their ideas and concerns about running for a director position.
Going out on a limb
Being in a leadership role is hard, so we applaud those who are willing to try. There are decisions, opinions and different ways of thinking that must be put out there for others to hear, even when those others may not want to hear what you have to say or care about what you think. But it is even harder to be in a situation you don't like and choose to not be part of the solution. This is where true leadership comes into play. A desire to show commitment and courage must be on the forefront, with dedication to make things better, to stand up for what you believe in and to make things right on a daily basis. And let us not forget, leaders must have courage – the courage to admit when they are wrong.
People who aren't afraid to step outside of their comfort zone and take on new challenges are key to maintaining a strong Association. Without these people we could not grow and thrive and we certainly could not improve on the things that we currently have in place. Changes are always around the corner and there is always someone or something that is bigger, better or smarter. As these forward-thinking individuals move into an arena that might be new to them, they do it with sincerity and a longing to be part of the solution.
Thank you to all of those people who want to make changes for the betterment of our members and may they all look inside their hearts and minds to do what they believe is right.