b'BY DEVLIN PIPLIC, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHAIRLooking Back on LeadershipIprovide the leadership needed for our teams to grow? Are want to thank everyone for joining the 2021 virtual leadership meeting this past March. Denise Ryanswe worthy? It is never too late to start taking better care of seminar provided many opportunities to self-reflect.ourselves and our teams. Personally, it made me consider: Do I really take care ofTHANK YOUmyself, and what is our impact on others?I hope everyone was able to take something from the The most meaningful message I took from the seminar ismeeting that impacts you and your teams. Thank you to that we cannot be effective leaders if we cannot take careDenise Ryan for presenting at our Leadership Seminar. of ourselves. Our behaviors, approach, and demeanor canThank you also to our Gold and Platinum partners for their have a positive or negative effect on staff. If we are seriouscontinued support of WAMOA. The Leadership Seminar about developing highly qualified members of our facilitieswould not be possible without the support of Great departments, we need to manage our own self-care andWestern, Home Depot Pro, Interstate Restoration, ServPro, realize how our success or failure in doing that impactsand Thrive Surfaces. others. We set the tone for not just our own personal success, but our departments success.As the Dalai Lama once said, if you feel burnout setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. Our ability to manage the pressure and stress of our workload has a direct impact on the people who surround us. Self-care is essential. Self-care is giving the work the best of you instead of what is left of you. Your commitment to you is just as important as a commitment to others. Recognize that every interaction you have is an opportunity to make a positive impact on others. To build a strong team, you must see someone elses strength and foster and grow those skills. And to do that, we have to be restored. The ability to self-care has an exponential impact on developing the strengths and attitudes of others. We should set an example of this behavior to inspire others. We need to model this behavior, and it will have a trickle-down effect on our staff and organization. As leaders, we have to be honest and understand who we are, what we know, what we can do, and our limitations. To be successful, we must convince our staff that we are worthy of being followed. If we cannot manage our own self-care, can we 8 WAMOA JOURNALTHE PRE-CONFERENCE ISSUESUMMER 2021'