CPMA News - May 2022

Are You A Leader Who Delivers – Or A Leader Who Destroys?

by Pamela Corbin, CAPP

We have all worked for various types of leaders throughout our careers, ranging from outstanding to mediocre. While it is challenging to work for individuals who simply don’t “lead”, it does provide the opportunity to gain perspective and insight on what kind of leader you want to be, and what skills you want to develop.

While we don’t always cognitively take stock of our personal skills and leadership attributes, it is imperative to understand the various leadership attributes and what truly sets leaders apart.  As we progress into 2022, take the time to examine leadership attributes. Compare what separates the successful leader – one who delivers in all aspects of their career – with the mediocre leader that has the potential to destroy and break down the organizational unit.

An effective leader is open and shares as much information as possible with their employees. An ineffective one may demean employees, and shares little information with their teams.  Being well-informed is often viewed as being influential, so often individuals in leadership positions hoard information to make them feel powerful. Unlike an ineffective leader that uses intimidation and fear, a true leader possesses and cultivates confidence and growth, and creates an environment of mentorship for employees to provide both insight and inspiration.

Strong leaders provide equal status to wins and losses. They don’t simply focus on the negative – they use failures or otherwise adverse events as a chance to mentor, guide, and counsel.  On the flip side, less confident and mature leaders may put little stock in the wins, rarely focusing on the positive performance of employees.

True leaders are mindful of the influence their position bestows, and have a clear understanding of the political environment they operate in. Insincere leaders may use title, position, and authority to grasp their power tightly for fear of losing it, often playing politics to achieve personal agendas with little regard for the greater good of the organization and their teams.

What do you want to be known as?  A leader who delivers – taking the organization to the next level leaving a legacy – or a leader who destroys? Leadership is always a journey, and rarely a clear and straight one – tell us all about yours. 

Pamela Corbin is Parking Services Manager at the City of Greenville, SC, and our Treasurer and member of the CPMA Board.   This is available on the IPMI Website as well: https://www.parking-mobility.org/2022/04/15/are-you-a-leader-who-delivers-or-a-leader-who-destroys/


CPMA Fall Conference date set for September 13-16, 2022

The Carolinas Parking & Mobility Association would like to invite you to save the date for our 2022 Annual Conference & Trade Show. Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - Friday, September 16, 2022  at The Charleston Area Convention Center and Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel & Convention Center 5055 International Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29418. The Association takes great pride in offering quality learning experiences designed to target the unique educational needs of parking / transportation / mobility professionals from the front-line staffers to leadership and management training. CPMA offers an expansive selection of presentations from state-of-the-art technology to customer service and all in-between.

As we continue to plan the conference, more details will be forthcoming via email and online at: https://carolinasparking.org.


Call For Presentations- CPMA Annual Conference in September

The Carolinas Parking & Mobility Association (CPMA)  is currently accepting Call for Presentations for our 2022 CPMA Annual Conference on September 13-16, 2022 at the Charleston Area Convention Center. The CPMA educates and motivates all parking and transportation professionals in the Carolinas.  Our annual conference is a great platform to provide these educational and motivational sessions to members of the parking and mobility industry. We invite all members and vendors to participate.

 This year’s agenda will offer concurrent sessions throughout the conference with presentations centered around two different professional educational / development paths: 

  •  Management / Leadership
  • Front-line training

 We encourage our CPMA members and other industry professionals to share your expertise and experiences.  The process :

 Choose a presentation that matches one of our suggested topics below or propose another topic directly related to the parking or transportation mobility industry

  • CPMA members currently in good standing who submit will be given first preference
  • Submit a presentation using the online Call for Presentations Form
  • Submittals will be reviewed and possibly selected to be a part of our conference agenda

For additional information visit us @: Call for Presentations (carolinasparking.org)

*The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 31, 2022 @ 11:59pm. We invite members and vendors to participate.



“The Carolinas Parking and Mobility Association (CPMA) is a professional association of parking and mobility administrators, practitioners, suppliers, vendors and consultants formed for the purposes of acquiring knowledge; encouraging professional development; providing mutual support, and creating an environment for professional interaction.

Membership is open to government bodies, authorities, colleges, universities, hospitals, airports, corporations, other types of businesses and individuals associated with the parking and mobility industry, and to others supporting the organization’s objectives.

The CPMA is affiliated with the International Parking and Mobility Institute and National Parking Association, and seeks to appeal to both the large and small institution, municipality, operator or business person with an interest in both national and regional parking/mobility related issues.”