Volunteerism: A path to leadership potential
Dec 13, 2019 1:00 AM - Somewhere in every leader's personal history is a tremendous amount of giving back and community involvement. For leaders, their philanthropy includes giving financially and volunteering their time, energy and experience to support causes. First and foremost, people volunteer for altruistic reasons, but there is a very positive by-product of volunteering. It cultivates the same skills we value in the best leaders. Leaders say 'yes' when asked. We've all witnessed that leaders step up and accept more responsibility when asked. Perhaps because they want to push themselves, or because they effectively juggle many demands at once, or maybe they see opportunities where others see challenges, or they want to be a part of the solution. We heard a keynote speaker say this recently - this is exactly what volunteers do. They keep saying 'yes' when asked to get involved.