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Opportunities for Leadership:­­ Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, shares anecdotes and lively stories about his career in leadership positions.­ Citizen Architect Intern Donald Gray, Assoc. AIA, talks about what it takes to be a leader.

Panel Discussion: Panelists include: Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Bishop, AIA; Sherryl Muriente, Assoc., AIA; J.J. Scott, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; ­Mickey Jacob, FAIA; and Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-District 54. Group discusses the ins and outs, ups and downs and how to’s of leadership.

Why Lead, Why Get Involved:­ Rep. Kathleen Peters.R-St. Petersburg, talks about her unusual path to becoming a state representative and why it’s important to get involved in the community.


Jacob Leadership Institute hosted AIA Florida Component Presidents, President-elects and staff for an association management training. The half-day program covered association management, financial management, membership structure, and AIA component resources. ­Material from the component training can be accessed here:


Leading Through Listening Workshop:­Steve Schwandner, President | Schwandner Creativity Center Inc.

The Road to Citizen Architect: How to Shape our Communities:­Moderator: Ronok Nichols, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP DLR Group;­ Panelists: Larry Wilder, AIA, NCARB Wilder Architecture, Inc.;­Hernan Rivera, AIA, Hunton Brady Architects; Kelly Wieczorek, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Bay Design Associates Architects

Speak Like a Pro:­Mark Gai, ACS, professional speaker.


Five Rules for Successful Leadership

How do you inspire people to follow the path toward your vision? How do you motivate your team to perform at the level you require and achieve the goals you have set? ­Following are five rules for successful leadership, shared to you by ­EntreArchitect™

1. Live your mission, in your actions and your words.

The people around you, your staff, your clients, your family, all look to you as a model of how they are to act and react. Every decision you make will have an impact on your future success.­Your­mission­will keep you moving forward and remind you why you’re doing what you do. Even when things don’t work out the way you expect, embracing change with guidance from your mission will keep you on course.

2. Communicate clearly and be consistent.

Say what you mean and do what you say. Be honest, decisive and consistent. If you constantly change your mind and the direction of your firm, you will lack credibility and lose the faith of the people you lead.­Your job, as a leader, is to make your team successful. If you want greatness from your team, it is then YOUR­responsibility to inspire and motivate them to do remarkable things.

3. Be confident, courageous and determined.

The most important thing my mother and father taught me as a child was to be confident. It is confidence that gives us the courage to take the leap and to push past fears of failure. I was taught that, if you work hard enough, anything is possible.

I believe that in business, it’s no different. Success and failure is determined by the leadership of an organization. A firm lead with confidence, courage and determination will succeed, regardless of the obstacles it encounters. Money, connections, techonolgy… none of it matters if you don’t work hard and believe, deep down, that you will be successful.

4. Say, “thank you”… a lot.

Many factors have contributed to the survival and continued success of­Fivecat Studio­throughout this most recent economic storm, but I believe that the most important reason we are successful today is the loyalty of the people who work with us. Without the hard work and dedication of our crew, there is no way we would be where we are today. I acknowledge that fact every day by saying, “thank you”… a lot.

Gratitude builds strong relationships and creates a culture of respect. A firm’s success is a result of the hard work and dedication of many people, whether they are staff, consultants, contractors or clients. You cannot do it alone. When those people know that you appreciate and value them, they will go to extraordinary lengths for you.

5. Be nice.

So, you are seeking the secret formula for success? Here it is. Two words… Be nice.

I have worked with people who lead with aggression and forced compliance through fear. They ultimately failed. Leading with respect and encouragement builds loyalty and a culture of commitment.­Good things happen to good people. Be nice.


Leadership Programs in Your Area

Leadership Florida­was created in 1982 by the Florida Chamber of Commerce to educate Floridians about social and economic issues facing the state and to help cultivate their interest in using this knowledge to seek leadership positions where they may work toward solutions for the public interest.

Ft. Lauderdale (Broward)

Gainesville (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Union)

Gulf Coast (Sarasota, Highlands, Hardee, DeSoto, Manatee)

Jacksonville (Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns)

Miami (Dade, Monroe)

Northwest Florida (Bay, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington)

Orlando (Flagler, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia)

Palm Beach

Southwest Florida (Glades, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Lee)

Space Coast (Brevard)

Tallahassee (Calhoun, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla)

Tampa Bay (Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sumter)

Treasure Coast (St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee, Indian River)


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