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Leading By Example
By Alan Shelby
FFA Executive Vice President
ntire libraries could be filled with all
the books that have been written
about leadership. From the beginning of time, it seems that people
have philosophized over the best
ways to lead families, industries, nations and
everything in between.
I personally believe the best way to lead is
by example. I'm not alone in that.
Recently, Commissioner of Agriculture and
Consumer Services Adam Putnam announced
that FFA President Lynetta Usher Griner had
been selected as the 2013 Woman of the Year
in Agriculture. Putnam noted Lynetta's success
in leadership, business, service and stewardship as a testament to her commitment to a
better Florida. Actions, after all, speak much
louder than words.
The current class of FFA's leadership group,
Forestry Forward, will be able to experience
this philosophy firsthand this year. Their
agenda includes exposure to some of the
best and brightest in the industry. Not only
will they be able to network with our own
Association leadership, but they will also learn
from the heads of member businesses. It is our
hope that they themselves will one day take
leadership roles and keep the cycle going.
FFA members met with our state leaders
during the legislative session to discuss the
Association's priority issues. While leadership does require action, sometimes a great
deal of dialogue is needed as well. We were
very fortunate to be able to meet with representatives and senators from members' districts and with the House Speaker Designate,
Rep. Steve Crisafulli.
While in Tallahassee, FFA leaders also took
the opportunity to meet with environmental advocates and governmental officials
for the Working Forests Partners roundtable discussion and reception. By working
together to find common ground, we can
lead the way to stronger consensus and create new allies in the effort to keep working
Leadership in collaborative efforts often
yields the fulfillment of a shared vision, as
demonstrated by the construction of the new
Austin Cary Forest Learning Center at the
University of Florida. We are very proud of
the unity shown by the forest industry in this
I am grateful for the opportunity to
work with so many excellent leaders in the
Association. I strive every day to follow their
example as FFA continues to lead the way in
advocacy and education for the forest industry in Florida.
Thank you for all you do.
By working together to find common ground, we can
lead the way to stronger consensus and create new
allies in the effort to keep working forests working.
Florida Forests 7 Spring/Summer 2014
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2014
Woman of the Year in Agriculture
Leading Forestry Forward
Advocating for You
Teamwork: The Forestry Community Develops the New Austin Cary Forest Learning Center
Snapshots: Membership Matters
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