As I prepared today’s blog, I wondered what does it take to be a person who is termed a ‘Mover and Shaker’? After ruminating a bit, I determined it takes the confidence to risk, to want to shake up and move an organization, company or community. How does the mover or shaker give direction, get people to buy in to their ideas and generally exude the confidence and conviction that inspires people to follow them as they move and shake?
All my noodling on this issue has brought to mind a few individuals who I believe have moved and shaken things up in their community, company or organization. They did this through their leadership skills, being a role model, sharing a vision and willingness to risk for a greater good. These movers and shakers have demonstrated all of the above qualities; but more importantly, their work fits the five core elements of my mover and shaker formula.
The first mover and shaker had a vision to create a world class school system, while maintaining fiscal responsibility. For 22 years, he and his team of professionals moved and shook the school system until it developed into a reference point for outstanding education across America.
The second example, she took the “bull by the horns,” with colleagues from competing medical centers and with them and a number of business, government, educational and community collaborators made her community a beacon in the world of developing International Relations. At a time in history when the world seems to be coming apart at the seams, her leadership has built lasting relationships between communities in Russia, Eastern Europe and throughout the state of Wisconsin and the USA. Through her leadership, the world has come to small towns while at the same time she’s taken many people across the globe.
My final example of a mover and shaker model is a retired elementary school principal. His career found him touching the lives of children and their families for more than three decades. During and after retirement, his service to others never stopped. His heart and soul are at the core of numerous activities that benefit the greater community and the common good. Like my other two examples, he is a common man who cares about others and the community he calls home. All three have approached life, career and community with passion, commitment and belief in the greater good.
Interestingly all three of these role models of movers and shakers are members of their local Rotary Club. This fact leads me to the Rotarian Motto of “Service Above Self.” I believe that my three exemplars embody this motto. They do care about the community, their fellow citizens, and yes, even the world — the good they do impacts all three. They are servant leaders.