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PrESidENT'SLETTEr Leading By Example ALLYN MoSELEY, NoMMA PRESidENT valuable assets i've received from being a part of the NoMMA family is the access it has given me to other business owners and managers. Every industry is unique with its own particular challenges, and the ornamental metal industry is certainly no exception. Being able to discuss with these folks what works, what doesn't or what could work better has been a huge advantage for my company. one subject i have a particular passion for is leadership. i spend a lot of time reading about it and applying that knowledge to our business model. here are a few things i've learned from other NoMMA members as well as reading and studying on my own: OnE Of ThE MOsT Leadership is a Behavior first, a Position second Changing our perception of leadership from position to behavior will have a profound impact on those we are leading. The reason for this is simple; we have taken leadership and changed it from what we do to who we are. it defines us; everything about us. how we think, how we make decisions and most importantly, how we treat those we are leading. The result of this is that we no longer have to tell people to follow us; they instinctively want to follow us. Anyone can be put in a position, but if we rely on the title alone to get our people to respond favorably to us, then chances are we will fail. People will respond to our positive behavior toward them well before they respond to a "do it because i'm the boss" style of leadership. Adding Value ultimately, our leadership should be about one thing: adding value to those we are leading. if our thinking is about anything else, then we are starting at the wrong point. We will only be a successful leader if those we are leading have decided that they want us to be a successful leader, and that will not happen unless those we are leading are convinced that we view them as more than just a body in the shop to get things done. i've known business owners in the past who although were good at making money, they were lousy at leading. As a result, they couldn't hold on to good help. We should all have the mindset that we want our people to succeed for their own benefit before any advantage to us. once an employee is convinced that it is important to you that he or she succeeds, it is amazing how much their loyalty to you will increase. They have now decided that you are worth following. it may surprise you to hear this, but all studies point to the fact that employees are much more motivated by knowing they are making a positive contribution to a cause rather than an hourly rate. Not only should we value our people, but we should be adding value to our people. Positional vs Relational What kind of leader are you? A positional leader who expects people to do what you  say  simply because you sign their check, or a relational leader who will say "This is the task at hand. What can i do to help you knock this out of the park?" i can tell you from experience, relational is the way to go. "Pay It Forward" Allyn Moseley Send me an email at allyn@theheirloom companies.com November/December 2015 * O&MM Fabricator | 9 http://www.companies.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of O&MM Fabricator - November/December 2015

PRESIDENT’S LETTER
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
NOMMA Network
NOMMA Educational Foundation
METALfab2016 EDUCATION PROGRAM
WORKSHOP LAYOUTS: WILL YOURS MAKE OR BREAK YOU?
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
HOW TO MAKE CERTIFICATION PART OF YOUR COMPANY’S BRAND
Supplier Members
New NOMMA Members
Industry News
Products
People
Index of Advertisers

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