By David Rogers. March 1, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Throughout history, leaders have emerged in all walks of life. And leaders have different “styles.”
Some have been transformational leaders, such as Steve Jobs, while others have been spiritual leaders, such Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Still others evolved as leaders that can only be described as “infamous,” deriving power from the threat of punishment to any who might disagree out loud. Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein come to mind.
If the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce has anything to say about it, we won’t see the latter type of leaders, at least locally.
With team-building exercises and introductory material, 14 Blowing Rock business and civic leaders, as well as future leaders met with facilitators on Friday at the Blowing Rock Conference Center, kicking off the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Leadership Challenge.
Offered every other year (the “odd” years), Leadership Challenge is an opportunity for participants to gain working knowledge about the intricacies of living in and doing business in Blowing Rock, covering subjects ranging from Blowing Rock history, as well as sessions focusing on the six building blocks of economic development: civic infrastructure, business development, workforce development, physical infrastructure, cultural infrastructure, and social infrastructure
The program is co-managed this year by Charles Hardin and Don Hubble along with assistance from many of the alums of prior year’s programs. The teambuilding and leadership development will be conducted by Michael Misenheimer, Lead Facilitator, Blue Ridge Learning Centers. “Mizey” as an experienced corporate trainer and group facilitator led the group through various exercises in team building, individual leadership reflection
Participants in the 2019 Leadership Challenge include Charles Wofford, Chasity Stephens, Keith Shockley, Jim Zellner, Ronnie Mark, Paulette Mitchell, Joyce Zellner, Katy Reisterer, Ali Borchardt, Rachel Stewart, Briana Bowling, Sarah Goff, Erica Brinker, and Tammy Bentley.
The Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge is working to help these participants gain a realistic understanding of how the community works and help create an awareness of local current interests. Graduates are challenged to apply their talents throughout the community by becoming a part of community organizations, including public boards, nonprofit groups, and civic organizations.