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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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"Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.  Your vision is the promise of what shall one day be" --James Allen

Dear Mu Lambda Colleagues & Friends-

Welcome back?  Where has the time gone...--itis hard to believe that in just a few days Fall classes will begin.  For some this is a time of transition and change, a time of new beginnings--for our chapter, this is a time of re-envisioning our mission and how we serve and support one another in the important work of the chapter.

As an honor society built on the dream of "supporting the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide" our primary focus and mission is clear--serving our membership.

With this primary focus in mind, as I assume the leadership role of Mu Lambda Chapter President, I have selected a theme to help unify and begin our work together...Creating gold: Building member involvement through authenticity.

Authenticity has been defined as the condition or quality of being authentic, trustworthy, or genuine.

You might be wondering how I arrived at this particular theme...and to provide insight for you:

  1. this theme resonates with my personal philosophy of authentic, servant leadership.
  2. this theme supports STTI President, Dr. Karen H. Morin's four strategic focus areas [creating welcoming environments, enhancing knowledge resources and networks, contributing to global health and creating a legacy of personal leadership] -- to learn more about Dr. Morin's call to action visit

Authentic, servant leadership is derived from Greenleaf's (1977) Servant Leadership and George's (2003) Authentic Leadership.  This form of leadership focuses on valuing people, developing people, and building community through an input process of shared vision making and empowerment.

I invite each of you to ponder the following questions...
As a member/leader in Sigma Theta Tau International, Mu Lambda Chapter, who am I and how can I best honor the legacy of those who have served before me?  What do I want from my membership?  What difference can and do I want to make?  How can I serve and empower others to share in the leadership process and journey?

In closing, I challenge each of you to claim your membership--to volunteer to serve on a committe, provide input into our strategic plan development, share your thoughts and ideas on programming needs, participate in the Pampered Chef or 20/20 fundraisers, and invite a friend or colleague to attend the annual Research Forum on September 17th.

As always, we look forward to your presence at the chapter events and activities--and highly value your input and support.  Together, we can create Gold.

In service,

Heidi Riehl
President, Mu Lambda Chapter, 2010-2012