Vision & Conviction

Reprinted from PN July 2008

Leaders on a national stage are under scrutiny by those they lead as well as those who watch. What challenges will these candidates for PVA national office face? How will they mobilize the organization toward shared goals?

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"There is no more powerful engine driving an organization toward excellence and long-range success than an attractive, worthwhile, achievable vision for the future, widely shared," writes Burt Nanus in Visionary Leadership.

In 1947, the veterans who gathered in Hines, Ill., had such a vision. They organized the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), which had this mission: to work tirelessly on behalf of veterans with spinal-cord injury/disease (SCI/D). More than six decades later, PVA has greatly expanded its programsbut its mission is the same. Thanks to far-sighted leadership, it remains an outstanding veterans' service organization.

When they convene in Portland, Ore., in August, the PVA Board of Directors will elect the organization's leaders for the 2008-2009 term. Read more about the candidates who, at this issue's deadline, had announced their intent to run for PVA national offices.


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