12 Leadership Lessons from Beth Gansky

Beth Gansky, June, 2022

I had the wonderful opportunity to address my colleagues – both professional and lay leaders at the Na’aleh Celebrates program on June 2, 2022, and it gave me pause to reflect upon my 27 years of working in the Baltimore Jewish community –  at Hillel of Greater Baltimore, The Associated, ACHARAI, and Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning. 

I want to thank this community for believing and investing in me as a professional – it has been an honor to have had this opportunity to serve.  My goal was always to support a kind community where we look out for each other. With that in mind – here are the lessons I have learned:

  1. Be curious, not certain
  2. Every interaction with someone is an opportunity to learn –  strive to be a lifelong learner
  3. Be an active listener and give others your full attention – it’s a true gift
  4. When you say you are going to do something, do it and deliver on that commitment
  5. Invest in people – give them kavod (respect) – when they are with us, and when they are no longer with us
  6. Help others imagine what’s possible – this will help them believe in themselves and gain confidence
  7. Be warm and welcoming – in your office, at your home, in a meeting, and even on zoom – I like to refer to this as audacious hospitality
  8. Its OK to be vulnerable with others – it gives them permission to do the same, and helps create meaningful connections and relationships
  9. Take some risks, and when you fail, own it, and try again
  10. Ask for help
  11.   It’s OK to set boundaries – people will respect you for that
  12.   Show gratitude and appreciation every chance you get

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