Leadership’s Calling® is a comprehensive, high-impact leadership learning program involving five two-day sessions scheduled over six months. Available to the business and professional communities at large, Leadership’s Calling® is based on the same design, content and format of the two leadership programs Henry Givray created – and continues to facilitate – while he was CEO of SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. The overarching goal of Leadership’s Calling® is to build leadership capacity among a small, diverse group of participants so they can consciously and with intention make a positive, lasting impact on the lives of people and on the performance and success of the organizations they serve.
I chose the name, Leadership’s Calling®, because its double-meaning captures so precisely and faithfully the program’s purpose and underlying tenets. The first part of the double meaning relates to the definition of a calling – a strong, inner impulse toward a particular course of action, especially when accompanied by conviction. The calling of a true leader is to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of people and on the success and long-term vitality of the organization he or she serves.
“Leadership is calling” is the second meaning. And here’s why each of us should answer the call. Leadership is the most powerful human force. It can be the spark, fuel and engine to do good, unite people, effect positive change, unleash tremendous human potential, correct wrongs, ignite breakthrough ideas, create better tomorrows, and leave footprints on other people’s hearts. Moreover, leadership is accessible to anyone – the senior executive, the entrepreneur, the administrator, the physician, the mid- and low-level manager, the individual contributor, the politician, the parent, the nurse, the small business owner, the teacher, the researcher, the volunteer – and it is relevant in virtually all contexts of professional and personal life.
Each of us, regardless of position, title, profession or circumstances, can aspire to earn leadership’s invitation and commit to delivering on its promise.