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2010 40 Under 40: Lynn Tynes

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Lynn Tynes’ degree in psychology has provided a foundation for her professional work, as well as her ongoing volunteer commitments.

As president-elect of Junior League of Springfield, she looks forward to the opportunity to assist in continuing the organization’s 50-year tradition of making a positive and sustainable difference in the life of this community.

“I believe successful leadership begins with self reflection of one’s strengths and weaknesses and then to develop those strengths to achieve results,” Tynes says. “To lead with integrity and authenticity is of utmost importance.”

She also believes leadership requires lifelong learning, and she says her approach involves servant leadership in combination with strategy.

“Servant leaders empower others to use their talents to accomplish goals while meeting their needs and growing as unique individuals. They act as mentors, express appreciation, build teams and provide vision,” she says. “Similarly, a strategic leader provides vision and initiates innovative thinking to generate future growth. Strategic leaders exert influence primarily through other leaders and develop strong skills in mentoring and coaching.”

After 10 years of work in the psychology field, including posts with Greene County Family Court, St. John’s Marian Center and Burrell Behavioral Health, Tynes has devoted herself to JLS leadership and committee work.

She has served the Child Advocacy Center, Greenwood Laboratory School, Task Force for the Homeless. She also is a member of the city of Springfield’s Global Perspectives and Diversity Strategic Planning Committee and was recently appointed by Missouri State University President Michael Nietzel to co-chair the Greenwood Laboratory School Scholars Lab.

Tynes is particularly proud of her service to the Junior League during the time when Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks was being developed, built and opening its doors. She is now on the crisis nursery’s board of directors and is pleased that the project, which aims to prevent child abuse and neglect, was commended in the recent  Springfield and Greene County Community Focus Report.

“I find it very rewarding to use my knowledge and skills to effect community impact through study of best practices and community partnerships,” Tynes says. “I truly enjoy serving as a leader in this community and working collaboratively to improve the quality of life for all citizens. I am not sure what the future specifically holds in store for my volunteer roles, but I do love and welcome challenges.”[[In-content Ad]]

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