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Good leaders like Jim Vos find time to invest in the future – both their own future, and our collective future. I consider Jim to be a picture of success for how to live a successful life as a ‘power volunteer.’ He is a successful husband, father and business partner in the commercial real estate consulting firm Cresa Partners. Within that context, he makes the time to make a difference. Honestly, I don’t know anyone who is more effective as a community volunteer leader. He has been a church council president, a Rotary club president, Chair of the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Board and served on countless task forces and committees. This short blog does not do his resume justice. Jim will tell you that his community service has helped him grow personally, and its helped him grow his business.
His secret? “Its important that you get involved because you are passionate about the cause – not because you think you can grow your business,” he says.
From my perspective, his success habits are easy to identify. First, his passion is all about people. He makes a strong first impression with a toothy smile and a colorful bow tie. He’s a great listener. When he talks he makes sense. And, people remember his enthusiastic follow through on the simplest promises.
Passion for people. Professional competence. Enthusiastic follow-through. With that skill set, demonstrated consistently to a cause its not secret that both he and the organization will grow.
Melinda and I are grateful to Jim for his wonderful speech at the May 2010 Good Leadership Breakfast. To see a 3-minute synopsis of his message, click here: