Everyone is a Leader

by Sheri L. Heiney, ASBC, President & CEO, Prescott Chamber of Commerce

We’re all leaders. Don’t put leadership “out there” or make it somebody else’s job. One of the most powerful things we can do in this lifetime is to grow our personal leadership skills. As John Maxwell says, leadership is influence: “Influence is the power to change, or the power to affect someone or something.”

It starts with you. You can practice leadership skills to inspire your mind, paint a future picture of a better world, design more effective strategies and build better feedback loops.

The best leaders are lifelong learners. When you lead yourself well, from the inside out, your influence expands. Take your power back. The fastest way to empowerment is to simply start acting in your own life, making the changes you want to see and focusing on the things you can control. As the old saying goes, think globally, act locally.

Gandhi had it right: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Lead by Example

  1. If you see a problem, fix it.
  2. If you see an opportunity, take it.
  3. Don’t wait for somebody else to do it.
  4. Lead by example, and look inside before you look “out there.”

The Mission of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership and resources to create a vibrant business environment for Prescott. For more information about the Prescott Chamber of Commerce:

  • prescott.org
  • 928-445-2000 or 1-800-266-7534
  • Visitor Information Center, at 117 W. Goodwin St., Prescott, AZ 86303