The ABC’s of Leadership (Day 22): Volunteer
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart. (Elizabeth Andrew)
Day 22 – ‘V’
Leaders earn respect. It’s passed from one person to another when an act of service, kindness, or extreme intelligence is displayed. But, how do leaders earn respect, and catapult their team forward? The answer is volunteering.
Volunteers are love in motion. (Unknown)
Respect is earned in the trenches. When things get tough, and when the obstacles seem numerous. Strong leaders roll up their sleeves, and vest themselves. Act without being asked!
But, the real impact of volunteering extends beyond the internal organization. Today, a strong organizational profile includes corporate social responsibility (CSR); sustained engagement in the surrounding community.
Volunteering, and CSR, is necessary because the link between communities and organizations in them is undeniable. Via his Huffingtonpost.com article, ‘An Untapped Resource: The Power of Volunteerism’, Stuart Holliday President and CEO of Meridien International Center, remarks that “the challenges [of today] seem too big for governments to address on their own.”
Volunteering requires leaders to stand up, and stand out. It’s important for leaders to volunteer their time and energy, but it’s more critical to encourage, and support the volunteer efforts of others. Supporting the efforts of others demonstrates acceptance for diverse ideas, and a commitment to the bigger picture. Commit to your community, to your people, and to their passions.
Want more on the power of volunteering? Check out my partner Dale Richardson’s thoughts in his Live the Goals podcast here!
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