From the President's Keyboard: 
Whether we are mindful or not, each member of the club is a role model and helps to bring out the very best in everyone they encounter.
 
How Will We Lead?

Do you read The Rotarian? It’s one of the few publications I read cover to cover each month. As I flipped through an article from the March issue, “Best in a supporting role”, I was struck by the need to learn leadership. Great leaders don’t just wake up one day and lead brilliantly; they spend time in a supporting role and then step up when they are called upon. This reminded me of the great examples of leadership in our own club.

As Rotarians, we are community leaders. We lead our communities to literacy. We lead the way on clean water initiatives. We’re leading the world to eradicate polio in our lifetime. We lead fundraisers. We’re all very good at seeing a need and blazing a trail to fill it. But we also instruct our new and younger members on how to be ground breakers themselves.

Two weeks ago, Gil Zepeda gave our Membership Minute. His brief talk asked us to “quietly think of some of the people who were role models or spent time with you to bring out the very best in you.” Some of us come to Rotary with great leadership abilities. Many of us learn the subtle paths of leadership by the example of more seasoned members. Leaders don’t always stand in the spotlight; some of the best leaders in our club and at the International level work behind the scenes to make sure our club and our organization run smoothly. They are the masters of servant-leadership. These members are great teachers of humility; a key ingredient of leadership. Whether we are mindful or not, each member of the club is a role model and helps to bring out the very best in everyone they encounter.

This is part of the difference between being a Rotary member and being a Rotarian. Every week I am humbled by the opportunities to learn how to be a better member of my community that has been so freely offered to myself and every other member of the group. It has set me on the path to becoming a true Rotarian.

How will each of us encourage the best in another person this week? Will we offer them the opportunity to grow in Rotary?