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DEVELOPING
Your Leadership Vision
"WHAT DO YOU stand for as a
leader?" The teacher's question
rang in my ears during the workshop and kept running through
my head for months afterwards.
I didn't have a very good answer,
and, when I really thought about
it, I didn't truly understand the
question or its purpose.
Today, I understand the question and its purpose very well,
and I even have developed an
BY RICK CIULLO
answer. My answer helps me
lead my team with confidence and provides my team
with some certainty about the type of environment in
which we operate.
Understanding what you stand for as a leader requires
that you first understand what you stand for as an individual. What are your core values? What do you care
about the most? This might require some soul searching.
For most leaders, you can probably look outside your
office and see two or three very competent people who
could be doing your job. So why should you be chosen
to lead? I believe it takes more than just the skills and
accomplishments listed on your resume to be a leader.
Every leader has a vision, which, over time, will drive
different outcomes for the team. After you've served
in a leadership role for several years, your organization will reflect your vision; it will not be the same as it
would have been had the company chosen one of those
other competent people to lead the team. If vision is so
important, then how can you develop yours?
Understand your values
A leader's vision is best understood when discussed
in the context of values. Leaders have values, and they
make decisions that align with those values.
Think about what is important to you and how it
became important. What set of experiences has most

UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU STAND
FOR AS A LEADER REQUIRES THAT
YOU FIRST UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU
STAND FOR AS AN INDIVIDUAL.
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This is the second part of a two-part article on leadership skills as a lead-in to the NASBP Executive
Leadership Conference, titled "Developing Executive
Leadership: Style, Vision, Voice & Action." The
NASBP Conference will be held in Nashville, Tenn.,
on October 22, 2015, one day before the NASBP MidYear Meeting takes place. For more information about
the NASBP Executive Leadership Conference, visit
www.nasbp.org.

influenced you? What do you want to emphasize in
your role as leader? If you compared your top five priorities with those of other people who could do your
job, you'd most likely find that your top two priorities
are the same, but the rest are probably quite different.
It's those differences that are going to establish the
unique pace and direction for your organization under
your leadership.
As I began to explore what I stood for as a leader, it
was clear to me that my top two priorities were growing profits and serving clients; but I identified additional priorities that would ultimately set me apart
from other  leaders-growing talent and establishing
successful teams.
My best experiences in life had been as a member
of a team. I didn't have to lead the team; I got great
satisfaction from being a part of a team that grew and
achieved together. Once I felt confident in this priority,
I focused on building teams and helping others achieve
their full potential as well as growing profits and providing great client service. My vision was to make Chubb
Surety richer in talent and in team spirit because of
my leadership.
Moving visions into the real world
Simply having a vision is not enough, of course. The first
step in translating your vision into action is to be crystal
clear about what that vision is and to be comfortable
with it. Talk about your vision with others. Express your
vision in terms of your values; put it into the context of
the greater good of the organization. How will following your vision benefit the company, its employees and
its customers?


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015

NASBP Upcoming Meetings & Events
2015-2016 NASBP Executive Committee
From the CEO - There is Poetry in Surety Claims, Surely
Practical Insights: What You Need to Know - Hiding in Plain Sight: Specifications as a Source of Risk
Profile: President Susan Hecker
Developing Your Leadership Vision
Liability Issues - Can Public Owners be Held Liable to Subcontractors and Suppliers for Failure to Require General Contractors to Obtain Required Payment Bond?
An Introduction to Probate Bonds
Class Act - Surety Team’s Cooperative Efforts Enable School to Open on Time
NASBP’s Attorney Advisory Council - Participants Opine on Current Risk Management Challenges and Business Opportunities
The AIA Describes Updated and Expanded Design-Build Documents Family
Contractor Practices That may Result in Construction Claims to Recover for Delays and increased Costs
NASBP Annual Meeting Speakers - Veterans can benefit private sector, but need help finding jobs
Index to Advertisers
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - cover1
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - cover2
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 3
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 5
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 6
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 2015-2016 NASBP Executive Committee
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - From the CEO - There is Poetry in Surety Claims, Surely
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 9
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Practical Insights: What You Need to Know - Hiding in Plain Sight: Specifications as a Source of Risk
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 11
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Profile: President Susan Hecker
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 13
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Developing Your Leadership Vision
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 15
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Liability Issues - Can Public Owners be Held Liable to Subcontractors and Suppliers for Failure to Require General Contractors to Obtain Required Payment Bond?
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 18
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 19
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 20
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 21
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - An Introduction to Probate Bonds
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 23
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 26
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Class Act - Surety Team’s Cooperative Efforts Enable School to Open on Time
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 28
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 29
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - NASBP’s Attorney Advisory Council - Participants Opine on Current Risk Management Challenges and Business Opportunities
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 31
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - The AIA Describes Updated and Expanded Design-Build Documents Family
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 33
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Contractor Practices That may Result in Construction Claims to Recover for Delays and increased Costs
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 35
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - NASBP Annual Meeting Speakers - Veterans can benefit private sector, but need help finding jobs
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Index to Advertisers
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - cover3
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