When a local investment official was a freshman in college, she ignored an assignment from a college professor because it wasn't going to be graded.
Elaine Daugherty, who works for Edward Jones Investments, said the assignment was for students to write their goals. She recalled remaining in her seat when the professor told those students who had completed it to stand.
The professor told the students who were sitting that those who were standing were their future bosses.
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Elaine Daugherty, who works for Edward Jones Investments, speaks during Leadership Seneca County’s graduation ceremony Tuesday evening.
Daugherty said she went right home and worked on determining her goals.
"I did not want that to be my future," she said.
Daugherty spoke during Leadership Seneca County's annual graduation ceremony at Mohawk Golf and Country Club Tuesday evening. The program included the presentation of personal mission statements, certificates and plaques.
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Leadership Seneca County was founded in 1996 and has helped more than 300 people expand their knowledge of the county while refining leadership skills, according to its website.
Daugherty, an alumna of Leadership Seneca County, said she took a lot from the program and thinks she grew as a person.
"This is an exciting time for you," she said during her address to the graduates.
Daugherty said anyone can direct a group, but it takes a lot to be a good leader and even more to be a great leader. A good leader can get someone to complete a task, but a great leader makes the person enjoy what he or she is doing, she said.
Great leaders are visionaries and make it look easy to make good decisions, Daugherty said.
"They know who they are. ... Great leaders have passion for what they do, and they make you feel that passion," she said.
Those who completed the program are Melissa Chester, Quick Tab II; Sue Couch, Good Shepherd Home; Tracie Eakin, WSOS; Kimberly Gardner, North Central Electric Cooperative; Jill Griffin, Seneca Regional Planning Commission; Tim Hagen, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library; Tanya Hemmer, Seneca County; Amy Nagel, Marathon; Linda Neeley, city of Tiffin; Bradley Radison, FirstMerit Bank; Deena Smith, Tiffin Community YMCA; Patrick Steyer and Marta Zaleha, Seneca County Opportunity Center; Terry Stocker, Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities; and Sherry Yaple, Fostoria Economic Development Corp.