10 Ways to Know if You’re a 40 Under 40 Leader

October 21, 2014

Do you have what it takes to win a 40 Under 40 award in economic development? If you’re unsure, here are 10 ways to know if you’ll rank high in our selection committee’s scoring process.

1. You have a passion for places.

You’re passionate about cities, regions, and countries—particularly the one you work tirelessly to improve.

 2. You’re results driven.

You have a relentless drive to improve the community where you live and work and won’t stop until you see results.

3. You’re always thinking of creative ways to market places.

You’re constantly thinking of new, innovative ways to market places and you won’t stop until you have that “light bulb moment.”

4. You want to change the way the game is played.

The old days of economic development are over and you’re at the head of the pack when it comes to pushing the status quo and revolutionizing the industry.

5. You deliver on your promises.

When you commit to something, you let nothing stand in the way of getting it done.

6. You go the extra mile.

You’re always looking for ways to go above and beyond a given task to make it really count for a client.

7. You never settle.

No client wants a mediocre result and you’re determined never to deliver one.

8. You’re an expert communicator.

The fast-paced world of communications is your element. You know all the steps to take to get your message heard by the right people and you do it all with style.

9. You value relationships.

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You build lasting relationships with people in the industry because you know they’re what really count when it comes to long-term success.

10. You’re an economic development rock star.

For you, making a meaningful impact on the economic development industry is all in a day’s work.

If you think you encompass most of these qualities, go ahead and nominate yourself for a  40 Under 40 award. 

Keegan Calligar

Written by Keegan Calligar

Keegan Calligar is an Account Manager at DCI. Since joining DCI in 2013, she has worked with clients including Columbus 2020, the Northwest Arkansas Council and the Thailand Board of Investment.

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