Each month in our newsletter, we feature an interview with one of our Instigators. Recently we featured an interview with Rev. Linda Freeman, who began her career as an engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy in 1986 after completing her M.S. in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Since 1999, Linda has been the Executive Director of the Peacemaker Family Center at Trinity Church in Miami, Florida.
Linda and her husband of 28 years, David, reside in Florida and enjoy life with their son, Zachary, and his wife, Daniella, their daughter, Vanessa, and their niece, Nina.
What is your background in leadership?
My first experience in a leadership role was in the Girl Scouts. I was a Girl Scout from first grade through 8thgrade and held many leadership positions in the troops during that period. I continued from that learning experience to hold many leadership positions throughout my high school and college days. I have to give credit to the Girl Scouts for giving me the opportunity at a young age to live out leadership character qualities and team building principles in a loving, affirming environment.
What do you do to engage in leadership?
As a leader, my goal is to rally my team members around a common goal that is both inspiring and purposeful. I engage in leadership by not only leading but by participating as a servant leader with my team.
Do you have a book or person that particularly influenced you?
The books that have influenced me the most about leadership are “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey and “Lead Like Jesus” by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. The people that have influenced me the most on being a leader are my parents. My parents instilled leadership character qualities in me from the time I was little girl.
What would you like to get out of your membership with the Lead Change Group?
I am interested in the exchange of ideas and networking with other leaders who want to make a positive difference in their communities.
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