Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40: Connor England
As chairof Forge Young Professionals’ Business Development Pillar, Connor has engaged members across the community and encouraged them to grow and thrive. He is currently the youngest partner serving on the Momentum 2022 Strategic Implementation Committee.
“Often, all the pieces needed to create something incredible are already present in an ecosystem. What is neededis something or someone to bring those pieces together, connect them and set them into motion.”
What is the most important leadership characteristic?Self-awareness. The only reason people followa leader is because the leader knows where they are going, how to get there and that the destination looks like a great place for the follower to be. If you’re lost yourself, you have no business leading others into darkness. If you know where you’re going, though, the followers will come and join you on your journey.
What brings you joy? Seeing people doing what they want to be doing and make a living while doing so. When people are aligned with three things: 1) what they’re deeply passionate about, 2) what they’re good at/how they best do work and 3) what the world currently needs, then you have magic.
What do you hope your legacy will be? In my time here, I hope to convince as many people as possible of a radical notion—that love and kindness are what moves us forward. When people remember me, I want them to say, “that’s what love looks like. That’s what love can do to make the world a better place.”
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