54 MAY 2017 scca.com
LEADERSHIP WITH A VISION
terling Heights High School,
1982. It’s my senior year in
high school and I’m looking for
another class to take in addition
to my core classes. “Personal
Growth and Development” looks
promising in the course selection
guide since it meets two very
important criteria for a
17-year-old high school guy: a
guy/girl ratio that’s in my favor,
and the promise of no
homework. Little did I know that
this “blow-off” course would
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The Dean of SCCA’s Leadership Academy kicks off
this multi-part SportsCar series with recruitment,
training, and volunteer retention tips
WORDS Jeff Luckritz, Dean, SCCA Leadership Academy
MAIN IMAGE Jeff Loewe
define my outlook on life for the
next 30 years.
The most important lesson
I learned was this: “If you act
enthusiastic, you’ll be
enthusiastic.” We repeated this
phrase almost daily, and we had
to do it with energy. Sure, there
was some eye rolling and
negative body language at first.
We practiced saying it daily.
Eventually, we all bought in. We
all got it. We were enthusiastic
and it made a difference in
everything we did. I was on my
way to becoming a future leader.
Enthusiasm became my
vision. My vision encompassed
all aspects of my life;
school, athletics, clubs, church,
and family. A companion to
enthusiasm must be a smile.
Smiling is contagious. The more
I smiled, the more others around
me would smile and the more
approachable I became. The
next thing you know, everybody
around me was in a better mood
and had a better outlook on life.
My enthusiasm and smile
brought positive energy to those
around me. Positive energy
became my high-octane fuel.