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Joy becomes National President of the Professional Speaking Association UK & Ireland

Posted: Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:38

Joy becomes National President of the Professional Speaking Association UK & Ireland

Last month I had the pleasure of stepping into the role of National President of the Professional Speaking Association UK & Ireland. It's a post I will hold for a year and a role I've been preparing for whilst serving on the board as membership director for the same Association.

Now that I'm here, I find myself thinking about the membership and their needs more than ever. I ask myself questions like 'what are the needs of our members? how can I serve them more? how can I help them to grow personally and professionally?' This has turned my thoughts again to the top attributes and qualities that an extraordinary leader must have and it really does start from a deep commitment within.

Extraordinary leaders aren't loud – they're deep!

Extraordinary leaders invite real dialogue amongst the people you serve, this of course can bring out some unwanted thoughts and concerns but being open and honest is always best. This is the only way for leaders to keep their finger on the pulse of what's happening in their organisation.

Extraordinary leaders stay committed despite adversities and setbacks. They're not likely to throw the towel in when the going gets tough. They're more likely to step up and stand for what will bring real value to the people and the organisation.

Extraordinary leaders make a clear case without being dictatorial – they convey vision and what they believe without dismissing or belittling other people's points of view.

Extraordinary leadership really is DEEP – it goes beyond everyday management and communicates right into the hearts of people. This is the type of leadership that people are willing to follow, it harnesses 'stand out' qualities like openness, integrity, honesty and truth. I pray that I will serve all members of the Professional Speaking Association well this year and I look forward to representing UK & Ireland speakers across the world with excitement and real joy (see what I did there 😉).

Until next time,

Keep Stepping!


Tags: Professional Speaking Association, Leadership