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Volunteering Spirit needs to be Valued   15/10/2014

Volunteering Spirit needs to be Valued

Speaking at the INTO Congress on behalf of fraternal delegates, Kilkenny Hurling manager and INTO member, Brian Cody, praised the "Volunteering Spirit" of Ireland's primary school teachers. He said that this spirit needed to be valued, maintained and developed. He shares his views on good leadership with 900 delegates who attended Congress.

"The first thing a good leader needs to do is develop a good spirit in the group. This is done by valuing everyone's opinion, showing respect for all members of the group and by being honest and genuine in your approach. Have enough humility to recognise that you do not have all the answers," said Brian.

He also encouraged people to set goals for themselves. "Be happy when you achieve these goals but be wary of success. It can make you complacent and soft. When you achieve success, set yourself a higher standard and strive to achieve that", he said.

Brian advised people not to be concerned about setbacks. They are inevitable parts of life. "Continue to set goals. Don't make excuses. You lose when you are not good enough. Make yourself better".

In conclusion, Brian said that the past 40 years have seen primary teachers doing great work and making a great contribution to their communities. This community spirit has helped children in difficult times. "If we were to lose that spirit we really will have a recession."

- InTouch May 2014




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