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Exciting Resources to Spark Your Growth as a Community Leader

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Exciting Resources to Spark Your Growth as a Community Leader

Being a community leader is a big responsibility, and if you’re ill-prepared it can drain you. However, it can also fuel you toward being a bigger, better influence—putting your position to work for the betterment of the community-at-large. One way to ensure your role is an encouragement to both yourself and your community is to commit to lifelong learning. Ongoing growth means that you maintain forward momentum and that those around you are similarly inspired.

Consider the following resources to help you make the very most of your contribution to the community:

Further Your Knowledge

When was the last time you took a class? Coursework is an ideal way to fulfill your ongoing commitment to developing your skills and abilities, and here are a few curriculum options that fit the bill:

  • GetSmarter offers courses through learning institutions such as HarvardX, London School of Economics and Political Science, and MIT Sloan School of Management. 
  • A faculty of selected business experts provide courses to the American Management Association. They cover subjects like leadership, project management, and management and supervisory skills.
  • Coursera works with colleges and universities such as Wharton, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania to provide learning opportunities in financial management, organizational leadership, and marketing.

Define Your Style

We tend to have cultural concepts of what leadership looks like—outgoing, enthusiastic, and driven are a few of the qualities we often expect to see from a leader. However, you might not fit that mold, and there is nothing wrong with that. There is more to leadership than a one-size-fits-all approach, so think about which of several leadership styles best suits your personality type. For instance:

  • You might be a coach, pulling the strengths out of those around you and finding ways to help improve their weaknesses.
  • You might be a visionary, inspiring others with your ideas and confidence.
  • You might be a pacesetter, achieving goals quickly by focusing on performance.
  • You might be a democratic leader, seeking input from others before you determine a path.

Exercise Your Education

Just like a muscle, it’s important to exercise hard-earned skills or else they become weak. What better way to exercise and hone your leadership capabilities than through volunteer opportunities? As Forbes explains, volunteering is loaded with benefits:

  • Skills-based volunteering builds on existing skills and boosts career- and business-related competencies.
  • Volunteer opportunities that make good use of your experiences simultaneously enhance your level of experience. 
  • Those who participate in volunteer activities find they feel they have more time than those who do not.
  • Spending time volunteering can improve your physical health and even extend your life expectancy.

Select Opportunities

There are plenty of ways to engage with your community; consider selecting opportunities that fit well with your inner passions. Here are a few examples: 

  • Animal lovers can raise awareness about homeless pets.
  • If you’re interested in helping the environment, you can organize a neighborhood-wide safe disposal group for household goods like batteries, paint and electronics. 
  • Would you love to help end hunger? Volunteer with a local soup kitchen.

Are you ready to spark some fresh growth? Define your leadership style, take a class or two, and get more involved. When it comes to your community leadership, ongoing education and experiences can lead the way. 

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