To The Editor:
Jack Bobos article, “Seeds of Growth,” in the June 28 issue of National Underwriter, is absolutely on target! The future of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors is very much linked to the development of a strong local leadership.
Having served in leadership capacities in our local association, Ive experienced many of the frustrations Mr. Bobo speaks of: declining membership, apathy and low turnout at meetings. Fortunately, we were able to reverse these trends when we committed to developing strong local leaders.
The challenge with leaders at the local level is that they are a “volunteer army.” It requires exceptional people to serve as leaders. And until recently, there was little, if any, training for these roles.
NAIFA answered the call with the creation of The Leadership in Life Institute (LILI). Developed by some of the best minds at NAIFA, LILI offers an intense six-month leadership development experience. It is specially designed for local leaders and leaders-to-be.
As a recent graduate of the first Michigan LILI class, my conviction is the future of NAIFA resides in leaders developed through LILI. My class enabled the participants to develop themselves as leaders utilizing materials from Stephen Covey and John Maxwell along with a wealth of class discussion. This can only translate into strong local leaders that will translate into a strong NAIFA.
My hope is that the leadership at NAIFA will see LILI as their “seeds of growth” that Mr. Bobo spoke of. I challenge them to continue to support the program and further refine and develop it.
The leadership at the state and local levels needs to support LILI by identifying and encouraging potential leaders to take part.
Mr. Bobo is correct when he says there is a need for leadership training of the highest quality. That training is here today. It is called LILI.
John Allen, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF