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Leadership Snohomish County (LSC) is a nonprofit that connects, ignites and develops county-specific sustainable leaders to strengthen our communities. Each year, we help experienced and emerging leaders in Snohomish County gain an understanding of the critical issues affecting the region and the stewardship capabilities needed to resolve them. Through our nine-month Signature Program and Young Professionals Program, we work in small teams with the business, government and nonprofit sectors as Community Impact Project Partners. LSC features more than 700 alumni who remain strongly invested in Snohomish County.

This Wasn't What I Was Expecting

Inspiration from Local Leaders

What defines a community? It's not always what you'd think.

This Wasn't What I Was Expecting

Kathy Coffey

By Kathy Coffey, LSC Executive Director


Sometimes, life and leadership take you places that were not in your plans. Not necessarily bad... not necessarily good...but definitely not what you had mapped out. As leaders in this community, the choices you make, the people you listen to, the money you spend, often come down to doing the best you can to either stick with the plan or strategically adjust the plan while circumstances and resources shift – sometimes in ways that are completely out of your control.

I am grateful for LSC’s adaptive capacity. This has been defined as a “magical ability to transcend adversity.” Call it grit, resilience, or the evolution of an organization reflected by the growth of our region – the key is in deriving value, staying true to the vision and moving thoughtfully to the next place.

The Signature and Young Professional classes are being formed right now. Nominations were at another record high. Applications were thoughtful. Interviews were exceptional.

Along the way, we’re experiencing growing pains with our process and bandwidth. It’s normal and healthy, but sometimes it doesn’t feel great. We’re forging ahead with a lot of exciting plans and doing all of the work that comes with the vision. It can be exhilarating! It can be exhausting.

Fortunately, I work with leaders. LSC leaders are generous. They are wise. They are realistic. So, we’re not only working through some bumps in the road, but we give each other the grace we need to do so without shaming or blaming. It’s the essence of Positive Leadership. From our curriculum:

The essence of Positive Leadership is: positive actions evoke positive reactions.

So, we look ahead to our program kick-off in September, we’re going to continue to ground our work with this wisdom – and with yours. 

 
photo courtesy of Matt Cail

photo courtesy of Matt Cail

"On darker days, you might see the world as a cold place full of people at each other's throats. LSC's presenters, organizers and my classmates offer a competing vision. They are warm people who care deeply and are working to change our community. I feel better about our future after having the privilege of learning alongside them."  
Matt Cail, 2017 Grad

 
photo courtesy of Gina Clark

photo courtesy of Gina Clark

"(LSC) helped me see the difference between a good leader and a great leader: getting others to believe in themselves and helping them find the confidence and tools to accomplish meaningful things on their own."
Gina Clark, 2017 Grad

 

 

The essence of Positive Leadership is: positive actions evoke positive reactions.
— Postive Leadership