There are hundreds of books written about leadership. Many describe the qualities inherent in successful leaders, such as self-confidence, optimism and integrity. According to a Forbes article, "The Art of Passionate Leadership," leaders who possess a passion for people take the biggest risks; take action in response to an opportunity or crisis; and help make the biggest leaps forward within teams, companies and organizations.
Mostafa Khattab, professor and department head for the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, agrees with these qualities:
"A leader is a passionate and caring individual," he says. "He values education and has the vision to build the future leaders of our industry. He understands the most important resource for any business is people. These are the qualities of a great leader."
The leader Khattab is describing is Dennis Conway, principal of Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas, NRCA's new chairman of the board. Conway's lifelong passions for people, education, professionalism and the roofing industry have fueled him to be successful in many endeavors of his life, the most recent being his election to lead NRCA through changes and challenges during the coming year.