Please mark your calendars for these must-attend events!
The UMCA has released the 2015 Calendar or Events to its membership and it has been posted on the left-hand sidebar of the UMCA website as well as below. The Board of Directors and Staff have compiled a year full of valuable education seminars and fun social events. Please take a moment now to mark your calendars with all UMCA events so that you won’t miss out. We look forward to working with you all to make 2015 the best year the UMCA has had.
UMCA 2015 Calendar
The Utah Career Center is exploring the option of offering a Backflow Certification Course in Spring of 2015, but would like to gauge the interest of potential attendees. The course would most likely be offered in the months of March or April and is a forty-hour, week-long course and would be offered with no costs to the attendees. If you feel that you and/or others from your company would be interested in taking the course, please email Will Nickell at email@example.com to let him know.
Additionally, as school is about to begin, the Utah Career Center is looking for course evaluators for the Spring Semester. There is a short training orientation that all evaluators must attend and evaluators must also committed to attending one course twice during the semester. If you would be interested in being an evaluator, please contact Will Nickell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How often have you heard the comment, “He or she is a born leader?” There are certain characteristics found in some people that seem to naturally put them in a position where they’re looked up to as a leader.
Whether in fact a person is born a leader or develops skills and abilities to become a leader is open for debate. There are some clear characteristics that are found in good leaders. These qualities can be developed or may be naturally part of their personality. Let us explore them further.
Seven Personal Qualities Found In A Good Leader:
1. A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy to lead others. A leader needs to be trusted and be known to live their life with honestly and integrity. A good leader “walks the talk” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads.
2. A good leader is enthusiastic about their work or cause and also about their role as leader. People will respond more openly to a person of passion and dedication. Leaders need to be able to be a source of inspiration, and be a motivator towards the required action or cause. Although the responsibilities and roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to be part of the team working towards the goal. This kind of leader will not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.
3. A good leader is confident. In order to lead and set direction a leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership role. Such a person inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and best efforts of the team to complete the task well. A leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective inspires the best effort from team members.
4. A leader also needs to function in an orderly and purposeful manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor.
5. Good leaders are tolerant of ambiguity and remain calm, composed and steadfast to the main purpose. Storms, emotions, and crises come and go and a good leader takes these as part of the journey and keeps a cool head.
6. A good leader as well as keeping the main goal in focus is able to think analytically. Not only does a good leader view a situation as a whole, but is able to break it down into sub parts for closer inspection. Not only is the goal in view but a good leader can break it down into manageable steps and make progress towards it.
7. A good leader is committed to excellence. Second best does not lead to success. The good leader not only maintains high standards, but also is proactive in raising the bar in order to achieve excellence in all areas.
These seven personal characteristics are foundational to good leadership. Some characteristics may be more naturally present in the personality of a leader. However, each of these characteristics can also be developed and strengthened. A good leader whether they naturally possess these qualities or not, will be diligent to consistently develop and strengthen them in their leadership role.