Random Acts of Leadership
6/25/2014
AANP Staff
Listening in on Mandisa and Carrie Louise
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
by: AANP Staff

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Mandisa: As we were celebrating another rich DC FLI experience, you recognized something.
 
Carrie Louise: Yes—our profession's leadership! They were there in droves, from every sector, committing random acts of leadership. It gives me hope.
 
M: How do you recognize leaders?
 
CL: They are easy to spot. They join and engage, they show up and they give back, perhaps even before they are in any position to take anything for them.
 
M: Then leaders truly were at the DC FLI in droves! Students and doctors from all over the country met in DC to engage and volunteer their time in service to advance the naturopathic profession. Those serving nationally have definitely joined their state and national associations, which is essential for ensuring the naturopathic profession’s place in the quickly moving, changing landscape of healthcare nationally and worldwide. This is great because pulling together is the way forward. It was awesome and inspiring to see students, doctors and supporters of the naturopathic profession, shoulder to shoulder, educating our legislators in Washington, D.C.
 
CL: It is powerful to have hands-on experience with what our colleagues, in every facet of the profession, have to bring to the cutting-edge of our collective future... It informs, it inspires and it fosters the actions that secure our medicine for all people, going forward.
 
M: You described those in attendance as committing "random acts of leadership" – what do you mean by that?
 
CL: True leadership is not related to a title or a position – it is heart, intent and a clear commitment to make a difference through service. Attendees at the DC FLI demonstrated leadership through showing up in service. It was moving to witness, let alone be a part of this group.
 
M: Is the movement what gave you hope?
 
CL: Yes, exactly... We, our entire profession, have enjoyed the luxury of the service of some gutsy, selfless, all-in extraordinary humans that have paved the way for the, relatively speaking, fairly cushy experience where we all get to express our professional purpose. I have wondered if we will have the service and leadership we need to take our profession to the next level.
 
M: Your wonder seems like it could be a heart-wrenching question to answer.
 
CL: It is heart- wrenching, Mandisa... It has weighed heavily on me for years... But at the DC FLI - I met and worked with the leaders who can take us there. Our today and our tomorrow - they were there at the DC FLI...They were doing the "big things" and perhaps more importantly they are doing EVERY little thing, all day, every day, to ensure enhanced access to health, for the people on this planet, going forward. It made my heart sing.
 
M: Let's hope it can carry a tune. ;) Seriously...how do you see these leaders serving at their highest level, starting now?
 
CL: I see them bringing their colleagues to the table, even if the only level of participation that they are available for is adding their good names to the membership rosters of their student, state and national associations... I see them personally investing in their own service and leadership acumen, through self-guided continuing education and informal mentoring relationships, just as they would their medical acumen, it's that important – we are small but we are mighty, and it is time for us all to take our place at the table...in this profession, in healthcare and on this planet.
 
M: I see them too. I see their value, their potential and most importantly their power to do good in medicine and for medicine. With my position, I am fortunate to have this cross-profession experience with some of the most incredible humans out there, and like you, I love seeing them come into their own. And, I can’t wait to see the leaders again at the Arizona Biltmore for the Annual Conference.
 
M/CL: To infinity and beyond!
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