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Leadership's Challenge

Executive Director Tim Lawrence has known SkillsUSA as a student member, instructor, industry partner and state director. Got a question? He can help.

Q: As our national leader, why do you think SkillsUSA is successful?

Tim: We have a phenomenal organization because of the leadership demonstrated by our devoted founders, dedicated business partners, enthusiastic state directors and dynamic local advisors. All have stepped forward as leaders to build SkillsUSA to a position of respect. But our real leaders are the students, who have a voice in everything — from running their local chapter elections and program of work to annually electing our national officers.

The leadership process is all around us. Right now our nation’s democratic process is actively at work, as presidential candidates present their views and try to rally support. I’m sure you’re thinking about who the next president will be. Whatever your views, the real appeal of the process is our right to voice our opinions and help elect our leaders.

SkillsUSA has a similar process to involve any member who chooses to seek a leadership position or to support others in the endeavor. Whether you want to step up as an officer or as a project chair-man, there’s a leadership role waiting to be filled. If you’re not sure how to take your leadership skills to the next level, ask your chapter advisor for some suggestions.

Traveling across the United States recently, I’ve seen many students preparing for their local and state SkillsUSA competitions. I’ve also met many district and state SkillsUSA student officers and officer candidates. They made a decision to pursue leadership positions and move forward in their personal development.

If you’re looking for the ultimate challenge, consider the highest level of leadership we offer in SkillsUSA. Right now, we’re seeking qualified candidates for national office. Student delegates will be electing 15 ambassadors to represent SkillsUSA in travels across the nation next year. Running for national office is the experience of a lifetime — win or lose. The candidate process will provide the opportunity to network with your peers from across America and with national industry and education leaders. The guidelines are posted on our national website. I urge you to take a look and decide if you’re ready for an awesome experience.

Whatever role you serve, SkillsUSA has always primarily been about one thing: giving each individual a positive leadership experience. Being active in leadership development means being a Champion for your future. End of story

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SkillsUSA Champions | Spring 2004 | Volume 38, No. 3
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