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Dewey E. Uhlir

CRS, GRI

FARGO, ND

Regional Vice President
Region 8

My philosophy of leadership is servant-based and participatory. A servant leader’s objective is to enhance the growth of the members, increase teamwork, produce better results, and create an inspirational environment for furthering the industry. I was a member of the Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee last year and will continue to promote the critical importance of strategic thinking. It’s imperative for all members and associations to think long-term—five, ten, 20, 30 years down the road. Technology advancements are forcing a faster-paced evolution of the industry. This may not be comfortable, but it’s reality, and I think it’s exciting. Also, generational differences, including differences in what future consumers will want in a dwelling space, are impacting our strategic thinking. In our quest to be relevant, there has been action to ramp up professionalism, which I endorse wholeheartedly. In my experience, over many years as a volunteer leader, the emphasis has been primarily on what we do and how we do it, not so much on why we do it. Questions such as, Why do our associations exist? or Why should our customers use our services? are often answered with the what and the how. We need to drill down to the why.  That’s what I’ll emphasize in my role.