Raymond Rotary Club News

Christine Hammill, Ken Bosse and Don DeAngelis Speak at Rotary Leadership Conference
  By Penny Williams - 3-2-15

Leadership, whether in business, education, health care, government or personal life, requires skills. On Friday, Feb. 27, the Raymond Area Rotary Club sponsored its second Leadership Conference, with speakers delivering their personal take on what skills are required for successful leadership.

The presenters at the Raymond event came from diverse backgrounds and offered varied perspectives on leadership skills and education. They encompassed a minister/coach, a big city police chief dealing with a major crisis, a local fire chief and a hospital executive, and while all spoke from their own perspective, some common themes emerged.

Raymond Town Manager Craig Wheeler was Master of Ceremonies. He acknowledged the importance of leadership in all areas of life, business and the community, and noted Rotary's mission of “Service Above Self.” He went on to say that how one defines leadership depends on different elements but the common denominator is doing the right thing.

Leadership is sometimes tough, sometimes lonely and demands flexibility, caring and goal orientation. Several of the speakers mentioned that good leaders are also good followers and have the ability to listen and to solicit and use the expertise of those they lead. They also mentioned that leaders need to have the courage to make hard and often unpopular decisions and to cope with and control the results of those decisions. Finally, being able to make a decision on the spur of the moment in a crisis is a critical leadership ability, the speakers said.

 Ken Bosse, long time senior pastor at Raymond's New Life Church, is also an accredited certified coach with the International Coaching Federation. Bosse reviewed a series of questions he said are key to determining leadership ability and skill.



He pointed out that leadership takes courage. He spoke about having a vision of excellence, knowing how to follow, and caring for those being led. He emphasized the importance of having the courage to stand on principles and make hard decisions, then stand alone when a decision is unpopular but necessary.

Bosse added that leadership involves the ability to accept and learn from criticism and to be held accountable. He concluded that leaders need to have fun with the people they lead. "Life is short," he said, "and you've got to enjoy the journey."

Christine Hammill is a registered nurse and is currently Vice President for Surgical and Outpatient Services at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover. She emphasized the importance of leading by example because "a leader is only as good as the followers." And she said leaders should inspire their followers and instill confidence in them while helping them to grow.



The leader-follower is a dynamic relationship, she noted. Good leaders empower their followers and have the ability to listen to them. Another aspect of leadership is making sure credit is given where due. She called this making deposits into a dynamic relationship.

She said leaders must be dependable, trustworthy and courageous and must learn to get beyond emotion. Hammill encouraged people to keep their resumes up to date, publish, belong to professional organizations, have written goals, be where leaders are, find a need and fill it, and be thankful. Like Bosse, she concluded by saying, "Enjoy the journey."

Don DeAngelis is the Epping Fire Chief. He formerly was a Battalion Commander and Bureau Chief  with the Concord Fire Department, where he was responsible for professional standards and development.



He focused his talk on leading multiple generations in the workforce. His point was clear - members of each generation bring different values, perspectives, work ethics and attitudes to work. For a successful workplace all must be accounted for, understood and blended. "When you get five generations in the same workplace there are both challenges and opportunities," he said, reviewing the differing attributes of the various generations.

A successful workplace depends upon having leadership that understands the divergent attitudes and perspectives of their employees and to possess the skills to be able to see different worker strengths and accommodate for their weaknesses, and meld them into a cohesive and productive whole.

The speakers were followed by former Boston Police Chief Dan Linskey, who was in charge during the Boston Marathon crisis. See related article “Leadership Honed in the Crucible of Terror” at Rotary Leadership Conference.











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