Leadership Ottawa County continued its year-long journey recently with a focus on building leadership skills, having a positive mindset and networking with other organizations.
Class members traveled to Zink Calls to start the day. At the local business, members were given a tour of the facility and saw first-hand how certain duck and goose calls were made, stored and shipped.
Following the tour, members engaged in a book study led by Leadership Ottawa County President Brad Sander (LOC class of 2008), focusing on the characteristics of leadership. Leadership is an important skill that takes time and patience to develop. In the book “How Successful People Think” by John C. Maxwell, members analyzed and discussed how a leader strategically plans out their schedule and how they think when making high stakes decisions.
Following the book study, members had the opportunity to hear from local author Joan Washburn (LOC class of 2012) and reflect on the common misconceptions we make of people before getting to know them. The last stop of the day was meeting with Lisa Smith (LOC class of 2003) of The Muffler Smiths automotive service on Buckeye Boulevard in Port Clinton. In this session, the class was given the opportunity to hear and practice techniques to promote themselves and their organization.
Class members are finalizing plans for their class project and will present their project to the LOC Board at their November meeting for approval. Leadership Ottawa County is a nine-month leadership program that brings young professionals together to learn about and explore the diversity of Ottawa County and increase personal leadership skills through experiential training. For more information, follow them on Facebook or visit the website at leadershipottawacounty.com.