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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

How do you define leadership?

Yesterday I had the honor of helping to present our 8th annual COMPASS Leadership in Motion awards. It is always one of the highlights of my year.

As I prepared for the awards presentation, I started contemplating how we measure, or define, “leadership.” I looked online for definitions and synonyms for “leader” and “leadership,” but then realized the real definitions were right in front of me.

As I read through the nominations for this year’s recipients, I started to notice that the same terms and ideals kept popping up again and again, across all nominations in all categories. Those who submitted the nominations defined “leadership” better than my online search ever could:

These are the qualities found in our 2016 COMPASS Leadership in Motion award recipients:
  • Visionary
  • Responsive
  • Collaborative
  • Forward-thinking
  • Proactive
  • Innovative
  • Honorable
  • Inclusive
  • Open-minded
  • Leads by example
These are the qualities found in our 2016 COMPASS Leadership in Motion award recipients:

Leadership in Government
      ·       Broadway Bridge, Idaho Transportation Department

Leadership by Example, Business
·         The Riverside Hotel, Lynda Johnson

Leadership by Example, Elected Official
·         Mayor Garret Nancolas, City of Caldwell

Leadership in Practice, Professional
     ·         Jeff Barnes, City of Nampa 

Want to learn more about this year’s recipients? You can find descriptions of each of their accomplishments online at www.compassidaho.org/comm/lim-awards.htm. I hope you will be as inspired to live up to the ideals of leadership as portrayed by this year’s recipients as I am.


Congratulations to our 2016 Leadership in Motion recipients!

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