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By: Dr. Terry Dickinson, VDA Executive Director
January, 2014 During the recent VDA strategic planning/goal setting meeting last November, leadership development was chosen as one of the five goals for the VDA.  The ultimate goal of the group ‘will be to identify, cultivate and grow new leaders for the VDA’. 
By: Dr. Ronald Tankersley, Former ADA President
Our leadership styles are determined by  our strengths, weaknesses, personalities and role models. But, regardless of style, good leaders understand their respective roles in their organizations. For example, corporate and military leaders have both substantial responsibilities and significant powers. On the other hand, leaders in membership-directed organizations, like the ADA, have substantial responsibilities, but very limited powers.
By: Dr. Terry Dickinson, VDA Executive Director
March, 2014 In my first Leadership piece, I asked 5 questions that are critical to understanding leadership.  Dr. Bob Allen of Hampton was kind enough to respond to these questions and has given permission to post his answers to the greater group.  I thank Dr. Allen for taking the time to think about the implications and importance of these questions.  As we move forward into more discussions about leadership, you will find relevance to these 5 questions. 
By: Dr. Terry Dickinson, VDA Executive Director
Note to readers of the Leadership series:  This is an exceptional way to look at leadership and those that inspire and make a difference.  Please take 18 minutes out of your day and watch this.  I don’t think you will regret it.
In this widely watched TedX piece on leadership, Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. He's the author of the classic "Start With Why"; his latest book is "Leaders Eat Last."  I think you will find it of interest and helpful in our quest for real leadership. Click HERE to view the video.