Sandra Ford 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Take the Lead Are you a manager or a leader? These are not two words that mean the same thing, although there can be some definition cross-over. I have always subscribed to a belief that “management” involves the successful, efficient completion of the tasks on my to-do list. It involves good time-management skills, organization, attention to detail and a commitment to quality standards. In contrast, I define “leadership” as the management of the people who will help me see that the tasks get done. Leadership involves listening. It requires that you keep an open mind, be flexible and be willing to make adjustments as necessary. It means matching the right people with the right responsibilities. It involves looking at the big picture and inspiring others to take the journey with you. I truly believe that each one of us has leadership qualities, if we have the courage and commitment to showcase them. This is a prime time to demonstrate our leadership in the way we respond to changes and challenges. I so believe in what we do and the direction we are heading. I want each one of us to take the pride we’ve always had in making a difference in the life of a child to the next level. Let’s be proud to be leaders in the fight against child obesity. Let’s be proud to serve so many fruits and vegetables. Be proud of incorporating whole grains into recipes. Be proud of reducing sodium. These aren’t easy challenges to meet, but I am so proud of our commitment to do what it takes to make it happen. SNA’s new STEPS Challenge program is another opportunity to show offour leadership skills. The decision to embrace health and wellness means making changes—and there are many “to-do” items involved. It’s also a leadership responsibility, as we are role models to our colleagues, families and student customers. I’ve set a goal to find time for some kind of physical activity each day of the week. I plan it in advance. I hold myself accountable by tracking; I stay flexible and make adjustments. Exercise is still not my favorite thing to do, but now I find I actually miss it when I go too long between workouts. I never imagined I’d feel that way! What’s great about the STEPS Challenge is that you can customize it to your goals and jump in whenever you are ready. The monthly challenges you will find at www.schoolnutrition.org/steps are good ways to get started. I hope you will sign up to participate in the program. SNA has designed a special ribbon, “STEPS Challenge With Sandy,” that will be made available to state affiliates for their conferences, and there will be opportunities to earn this ribbon at SNA national meetings, too. Step up to the STEPS Challenge because you want to be a leader who helps “transform” the next generation.
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