Leadership through the eyes of Emerging Professionals

BY ERIC HOFMANN, ASSOC. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LFA, FITWEL AMBASSADOR

What does it mean to be a leader? How can we build a better society through leadership?

Our profession faces these questions every day. We shape our world through architecture to enhance society, but how does leadership inform our role?

Leadership occurs at every level of experience, throughout all generations. Creating opportunities for professionals to bring out the best in one another allow experiences to generate in our society. Leadership is not about titles or seniority. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality,” as Warren Bennis states. As design professionals, our vision shapes our communities.

Providing a better society for our community is leadership.

At the Leadership Institute, there’s a sense of expertise and collaboration with leaders across our design industry. It provides professionals, regardless of their career level, an opportunity to learn from others and grow holistically as emerging leaders. Promoting leadership education through the Leadership Institute at both the national and local levels strengthens the connection between our diverse communities.

“...the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.” – Tadao Ando