How has ASDA helped you build your leadership skills? Whether it’s planning volunteer events at local elementary schools and nursing homes, or organizing our annual Give Kids a Smile event, ASDA has provided me with numerous opportunities and experiences to develop skills to be an effective leader. Although I have been involved in a number of clubs and community programs, being the chair of our chapter’s Community Service and Outreach Committee was my first real position of leadership. It was through this position that I learned the value of communication, time management, and flexibility in leadership. This position not only gave me the skills, but also the confidence to take on an ASDA Executive Board position. Being a member and a leader in ASDA has tested my ability to make decisions, to be organized on a macro level and to see a project through to the end. All of these qualities will help me to be the successful dentist I strive to be.
What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader? The most vital quality in a leader is communication. A good leader is able to communicate effectively their ideas, goals and work through problems that may come up along the way.
Why should members get involved with ASDA leadership positions? I would describe the ASDA leadership community as a great way to make the large industry of dentistry much smaller and more accessible to you. ASDA provides opportunities to get directly involved in your school and in your community, having a real-world impact to those in need. The networking opportunities, both locally and nationally, that are available to members is one of the most valuable parts of the organization. Holding a leadership position in ASDA offers a unique opportunity to not only get involved and network, but also help to develop the critical leadership skills that will be instrumental in our future career. Another great advantage of ASDA is the diverse range of positions that cater to your interests and goals. Whether you are looking for a challenge or a specific interest, there are opportunities for everyone.
What future leadership roles in organized dentistry interest you and why? I would love to be a part of the Council on Membership. For the past year I have enjoyed working with membership recruitment and engagement, and this leadership role would allow me to not only learn more, but to build upon those experiences as well. In addition, this role would play to my strengths with regard to my sales and marketing background. I would love the opportunity to help others to see the benefit in becoming a member, and for those already a member, maximize the experience of their membership.