Making A Difference Newsletter, Issue 1, Volume 19 (Spring, Mar 2019) Issue 1, Volume 19 (March) - Page 4

LET'S TALK: A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

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The inspirational leader feels passionate about the vision and mission of the organization. They are also able to share that passion in a way that enables others to feel passionate too. Shared passion makes Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service soar in the accomplishment of our mission and vision.

The nature of the vision and mission is critical for enabling others to feel as if their work has a purpose and meaning beyond the tasks they perform each day. Sometimes leaders help their staff or volunteers connect the dots by explaining the big picture to all. Communicating the big picture and interpreting our programs regularly will help reinforce the reason Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service exists.

The inspirational leader listens to the people in their organization. Talking to people about our passion is not enough. To share meaning - a favorite and meaningful definition of communication - you must allow the ideas and thoughts of our staff/volunteers to help form the vision and mission, or minimally, the goals and action plan. No one is ever one hundred percent supportive of a direction they had no part in formulating. People need to see their ideas incorporated - or understand why they were not.

We are committed to engaging our staff, volunteers and partners to help us identify the critical issues/needs for our clientele in Harris County. In the coming weeks, you will learn more about the Texas Community Future's Forum (TCFF). The community open forum allows citizens to identify and prioritize issues important to our county. The issues identified by our community leaders will help guide our agency's programs for the next several years.

LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT MAKING OTHERS BETTER AS A RESULT OF YOUR PRESENCE AND MAKING SURE THE IMPACT LASTS IN YOUR ABSENCE.

We thank you for your continued support of our educational programs. We look forward to a productive and prosperous 2019!

Respectfully,

David D. Wright

County Extension Director – Harris County

How Leaders Instill Inspiration in the People They Lead