David Griffin Inspires FPRA Capital Chapter Discussing Leadership

| Written by: Lauren Antista

Members of the FPRA Capital Chapter received a true-to-life story of leadership and hard work from David Griffin, Esq., owner and president of David Griffin Consulting at the September membership meeting.  With decades of experience as a businessman, lawyer and athlete, Mr. Griffin recounted his journey.  Leading by example resulted in invaluable life lessons to grow from, along with personal and professional success.

Using personal examples, Mr. Griffin stressed the need for constant methodical improvement and perseverance when leading by example.  His explanation of leadership included a need to be continuously working toward a new goal or challenge, along with cultivating the ability to calmly assess new situations and to make a plan of action.  “Get knocked down, get back up,” Mr. Griffin said.

For Mr. Griffin it was all about dreaming, doing and becoming.  He highlighted three key points of leadership for FPRA’s members to take away with them:

  1. Belief: “Walk the walk and it’s pretty easy to get people to follow you,” Mr. Griffin advised. A successful leader, organization or individual requires a belief in yourself and your team. The motivation has to come from inside.“Even if you’re down on the outside, if you’re up on the inside eventually it’ll manifest itself,” Mr. Griffin reminded FPRA’s members as he related his time as the secretary of the Florida Lottery and the challenge he faced to raise $1 billion for education.
  2. 2. Care: “Care more than others,” he stressed, as he recounted his experiences mentoring at-risk teens as a senior at Penn State.  Sin sincere caring is an essential component of being a truly effective leader.
  3. Integrity: You don’t need to say much when you lead by example, because your behavior speaks for you.  Mr. Griffin left FPRA’s members with the memorable thoughts of former president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.  Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”

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