Experience and Key Strengths

Having lived in 4 countries and constantly collaborating with people from many cultures and nations, I bring:
  • Emotional global lead​ership
  • Passion for Toastmasters
  • Courage
  • Dedication to the members
  • Knowledge and a deep belief in teamwork, ethical and moral behavior
  • Strategies based on my professional life and personal involvement with Region 8 Toastmasters
  • Ideas to promote millennials and all generations joining Toastmasters
  • Creative ideas for outreach efforts to help prisoners become responsible citizens through Toastmasters
  • Effective communicative and training style, that was appreciated by my teams
  • A combination of being an artist and scientist, rare indeed!

Lessons learned from Previous Leadership Positions

  • Be an effective team player
  • Park your ego outside; It is not about you!
  • Be a foil (see definition below) to the people you are leading
  • Lead with your head and heart
  • Be the change you want to see in others
  • Patience is virtue
  • You can win your worst critics over with a smile!
  • Embrace the differences
  • Be open-minded. Let respect, integrity, service, and excellence be part of you
  • Always be yourself
  • Learn, mentor and lift the less informed or less fortunate
  • Be passionate about your beliefs
  • In Toastmasters, always remember the member!

Be a Foil in Leadership

Have you ever seen a foil? Yes, of course! The foil reflects the images of the person facing it. A foil also is a background to make an object shine, for example, gold in jewelry or the background of a painting! In a painting the foil picks up the colors of the objects it wants to highlight and yet manages to remain subdued to allow the main objects, to be the focus of attention!

  Our parents and teachers were our foil as we were growing up. They did not highlight themselves, but rather became background to make us shine in the foreground! As we become parents, we try to emulate them and be a foil in the lives of our children and grandchildren.

  What happens to us when we are leaders? Do we preen as a proud peacock stealing the limelight from the very people we are supposed to lead? No. A leader should be a foil to his/her followers, making them shine rather than drawing attention to oneself. Think of great world leaders like Mahatma Gandhi! Gandhi totally transformed himself into the attributes of his followers who he wanted to highlight!

  Gandhi was famous for his stylish Western suits while practicing as a barrister abroad. Then he saw his people suffering under the oppressive rule of the Britishers. He renounced his western attire and took to wearing a dhoti (loincloth) and a wrap to cover his shoulder, all made from cotton yarn spun by him by hand. He attended parties given by the British officers wearing the "dhoti". The British called him "Fakir" (beggar)! Yet, this Fakir inspired a whole country to nonviolently protest the British rule! The British finally had to give up to this Fakir! He did this by being just the foil to his people and not shining! Leaders, park your egos and become a foil to highlight your followers while educating them and educating yourselves!