Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives

Choosing Leadership
Professional and Personal Development

Choosing Leadership

Anyone can lead. Leaders are sometimes out front and sometimes in the back of the room. Leadership is best demonstrated when modeled, and DFWAE believes that leaders are leaders because they choose to be; they actively accumulate leadership skills.

DFWAE offers a professional development program for its members. It is self-paced, self-study with available mentors and regular group sessions for sharing the passion for leadership.

To participate, simply complete the application and forward to .

Leaders have or can cultivate:

  • High EQ
  • Initiative
  • Ability and willingness to learn
  • Integrity
  • Curiosity
  • Respect for others
  • Passion for the profession or industry
  • Adaptability
  • Active listening

Skills and behaviors which develop as the Leader evolves:

Aligns actions with words
Practices constructive confrontation
Able to set priorities/focus
Facilitates effective meetings
Delegates tasks and responsibilities
Effectively coaches and mentors
Cultivates diversity
Leads teams
Communicates clearly and appropriately
Negotiates and Mediates
Understands financial principles
Speaks publicly, effectively
Effectively manages resources
Acts thoughtfully and decisively

Demonstrated Qualifications for leadership positions:

  • Responds in a timely manner
  • Arrives prepared
  • Communicates clearly, consistently, & constructively
  • Demonstrates an open mind, able to hear new ideas
  • Models teamwork
  • Respected by peers
  • Professionally confident; a role model
  • Mentors and promotes others
  • Appreciates the value of diversity of opinion & perspective
  • Accountable for the decisions of the whole