Leaders who are helping us become great

Everyone has an opinion about leadership and what makes a great leader. If that were not the case, the business management section of your local bookstore would suddenly get smaller.

We might not agree on exactly what qualities make a great leader, but I’m pretty sure we know one when we see him or her.

Personally, I like the viewpoint of business author Jim Collins (“Good to Great,” and more), who says the key to an organization becoming great is having a Level 5 leader or leaders: someone who blends genuine personal humility with intense personal will.

In that light, I hope it’s somewhat reassuring when I tell you the Eden Prairie Community Foundation has had some very good volunteer leaders over the past years. That includes board chairs like Scott Otis, Doug Loon, Patricia Magnuson, Bev Aho, and now Joan Grootwassink.

It also includes many great board members, one of whom is Pastor Rod Anderson, who is stepping off the board after serving six consecutive years.
They have been genuine and authentic in their work to make Eden Prairie better, and intent on making the Foundation better so it can be a key player in that effort.

This month we welcome three new board members who seem to come from that same mold: Mary Abeln Stavast, Hanadi Chehabeddine, and Pastor Paul Nelson. They are people working to make their community better.

Now, serving on the Foundation’s board of directors isn’t terribly glamorous. Board members typically serve two, three-year terms and have a number of specific governing responsibilities, including duties to exercise reasonable care when making decisions, comply with governing documents, and assure the financial accountability of the organization.

Are you still awake after reading that paragraph?

They attend monthly board meetings, serve on at least two committees, attend the Foundation’s events, make a financial contribution to the Foundation, develop funding support, contribute expertise, and represent the Foundation when out in the community.

Most of all, they move the organization forward, using the strategic map that’s been put in place and is continually updated: one that emphasizes our desire to become much more impactful in Eden Prairie.

Hopefully, along the way and at the end of their terms they feel a sense of accomplishment. They should. Their work helps change lives and fill unmet community needs.

Are you involved in Eden Prairie, and interested in making it even better? Are you willing to serve the community, and would you add passion and leadership skills to the Foundation? If so, you may well be a candidate for the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s board of directors.

We are continually on the lookout for potential board members: people who are humble and authentic, but skillful in making an organization better. We’d love to talk to you. Give me a call at (952) 949-8499 and let’s chat about the possibilities.

Categories: People Who Give Back

About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.




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