For nearly 50 years, my 91 year old father (an association executive from the early 1950’s to the early 1990’s) and I have had an ongoing conversation about what essential characteristics appeared to be common among effective association leaders. We concluded that it was their “view of the world” that granted them the capacity to earn followers in an association environment. Finally, last year we fine tuned those empowering attitudes into four shared beliefs:
- Everyone has the capacity for good.
- No one is perfect.
- Evil and meanness cannot be tolerated.
- Laughter is good for your health.
What do you think? Did we miss any essential beliefs association leaders have?