This great quote by John Nirenberg* pretty well sums up the model of leadership demonstrated and taught during GLADE. Let's take a closer look.
1. Each of us summons this style of leadership from within.
3. This style of leadership requires that the entire group is vitally concerned about issues.
We continue to ride the wave of passionate synergy as far as it will take us, and we are all, planners and participants alike, excited about where it has taken us so far. Summer of 2009 GLADE alum are still riding the wave of conservation with us, and their ripples have created new concentric circles reaching outward to groups like the Springfield Plateau Master Naturalists, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Girl Scouts, and others. What we are seeing is that these young GLADE leaders, working within a supportive network of community and conservation activists, have an incredible ability to profoundly and positively impact their rural communities.
Within the GLADE community of planners and participants, we have become "leaderful"*, and our regional communities have been eager to join our young leaders in their leaderful projects aimed at conserving and preserving both an environment and a way of life here in the Ozarks. Our actions today will shape tomorrow.
*Nirenberg, J. (1993). The living organization: Transforming teams into workplace communities. Homewood, IL: Business One Irwin.
*Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator
*Sandmann, L. (1995). A framework for 21st century leadership. Journal of Extension.