Leaders Leading Leaders Sessions round up:
Thank You to all who participated in the first and second Rotary District 5040 Leaders Leading Leaders sessions on November 23 and 25th.
Participants were asked to answer the following questions through discussion:
The goal today is to have each of you leave with a “leadership statement” that can support you on your personal Rotary leadership journey.
  • Question 1: What are the characteristics of a great Rotary leader? (20 minutes) 
  • (Make a list and afterwards as a group prioritize them) 
  • Question 2: How can these characteristics be used to strengthen clubs? (20 minutes) 
  • (Make a list of how leadership can strengthen you club) 
  • Question 3: What types of things might get in the way of leadership success? (5 minutes) 
  • Question 4: What kind of leader are you now and what kind of leader do you want to be? (10 minutes) 
Based on these sessions Rotary District 5040 is in good hands!
These Rotarians have a strong grasp on what leadership is in a volunteer setting which was reinforced by strong discussion and the sharing of ideas and experience.
John Bathurst and I have accumulated the concepts and character traits from these two sessions for reference. There has been some thought put into order, but these are the main concepts and input put forward from the groups who attended.
•    Build trust through integrity and authenticity.
•    Be a servant leader. 
•    Be an active listener.
•    Know how to appreciate people and do it often.
•    Create opportunities for small wins to celebrate often.
•    Have a vision and a strategic plan, prioritize and work on the plan.
•    Keep things simple.
•    Develop the people around you thereby facilitating a good succession plan.
•    Effective communication skills.
•    Empower people to find their own path and utilize/align their strengths and interests with the group’s goal.
•    Use situational leadership, be flexible, and adapt your plan to reality.
•    Respect people’s time.
•    Show gratitude.
•    Have fun and encourage humour.
The first session does not have a recording unfortunately. Below is the link to the Video, the chat, and the closed captioning for the Saturday November 25th session.

Peter Clarke and John Bathurst – Co-Facilitators.
Inclusive Leadership Sessions A2a and A2b
Thank You to all who participated in the third and fourth Rotary District 5040 Leaders Leading Leaders sessions in December.
In these sessions participants had conversations based on the following:
This facilitated session will be an open conversation amongst all of us, with the intention of strengthening and expanding our knowledge and understanding of Inclusion in Leadership.
 THE GOAL:  To have each of you leave the session with a “Personal Inclusion Statement” that will enrich your personal Rotary Leadership Journey.
  • Question 1:  What does Inclusion mean to you?  When have you felt included and when have you not?         (20 minutes)
  •  Question 2:  How do you know whether or not your club represents the community (ies) you serve?  How might you change that?    (20 minutes)
  •  Question 3:  How can Inclusion be increased in Rotary or any other organization?  When or how would you know when your club is more inclusive?        (15 minutes)
  •  Question 4:  Is Inclusion a “project” your club plans for, and does when it can?  Or is it something your club becomes known for as a way of life, as it plans for and delivers service?                (10 minutes)
  •  Question 5:  What does a Rotary club look like when it is truly inclusive and when members, new and long-term, feel they “belong”?        (15 minutes) 
Below are the links to recordings, chat and closed captioning of the 2 sessions:
As part of the exercise, we asked attendees to create a Personal Inclusive Leadership statement. 
Here are four that were completed during or before the sessions. Thanks, you to those who kindly shared their statements.
From Michael Sunshine Coast:
    My Inclusion Statement - "My goal is to be consciously aware of and engage with all club members, acknowledging their contributions."
From Monique – Whistler Millennium
"That in both my personal and professional spheres, I'm dedicated to fostering an environment of respect, understanding, and appreciation for diversity.
I believe that everyone regardless of their background identity or experiences brings a unique and valuable perspective to the table. I'm committed to actively listening and learning.
And engaging with people from different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints. And my goal is to create spaces where everyone feels valued, heard, empowered, and to be their authentic selves.
I understand that inclusivity is an ongoing journey and I'm dedicated to continuously educating myself and challenging my biases.
Through my actions and decisions, I strive to contribute to a more equitable and inclusive world."
From Sriram
"I am wholeheartedly dedicated to contributing to both the well-being of our environment and the prosperity of our community. Sustainability lies at the core of my values, and I am enthusiastic. About actively engaging in initiatives that promote environmental stewardship.
Recognizing the importance of community support, I have decided to allocate 1% of my income towards initiatives that directly benefit our local community. This financial commitment is testament to my belief in the power of collective efforts. To foster positive change.
Through Rotary, I am eager to collaborate with like-minded individuals. And leverage our collective resources to make a meaningful impact, on both mother nature and the communities we serve. Together, let us embody the rotary spirit of service above self, and work towards a sustainable and thriving future for all."

Intergenerational Leadership Co- Facilitated by Marni Fraser and Jocelyn Vissia 


Future Sessions are being developed for the spring as
  • Engaging Leadership
  • Storytelling leadership
  • Impact of the Foundation