A Leader’s Journey

“The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been.”

Henry Kissinger

Within organizations and around the world, leaders are tasked with influencing and energizing individuals to achieve commonly held objectives. Becoming a GREAT leader requires not only observing the leadership styles of others but also utilizing one’s own unique set of personality traits to create a sense of authenticity and trust.

This blog post recounts the start of a unique leadership journey for one of our own, Winning Consultations’ Marketing Coordinator Megan.

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

Douglas MacArthur

A symbol of good things to come, Megan was nominated for a local “Future Leader Award” in May of 2007 and recognized by Suburban News as one of 20 Middlesex County high school students with the most promise for a successful future. Little did she know that the opportunity to lead would present itself so quickly her first shot at being an organizational leader came that same summer as a soon-to-be college freshman working for an organization known as the Sayreville Conservation Corps.

Megan Zakrzewski Future Leader Award
Megan's Future Leader Award

Founded by former council member and then high school teacher Stanley Drawl in 2004, the Sayreville Conservation Corps was inspired by the Civilian Conservation Corps a federal relief program established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 and followed the same hierarchical structure as the U.S. armed forces. After two years of serving as Mess Sergeant for the organization, Megan was promoted to Mast