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Leadership is not about position though John Maxwell coined the phrase: "Leadership is about influence and not about position." His book, "The 360 degree leader" explores this topic in more depth. Keeping volunteers excited, engaged and motivated without pay really challenges your vision casting skills. Volunteers give their precious free time and you as a leader need to manage that by giving clear instructions in terms of roles and the expectations of execution. The biggest mistake is to volunteer for an hour of their time and only use twenty minutes. There are wonderful organisations in our country with life changing causes to better our communities, cities and country. They need you as a new generation CA(SA). They need your skills and talent to make a difference to those in need.
I new generation I managers do you look up to? Why do you look up to these specific managers? How to grow as a leader Leadership is not about the job, it is about people and here in the trenches without a position of leadership is where you learn about yourself and also where you learn about people. Keep a journal and reflect on what you have learned on a regular basis. Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask (always seek knowledge) your manager or colleagues when you don’t understand or when you don’t know. We often work with managers who struggle to get their teams to ask. You must ask I t is exciting to meet new generation CAs(SA) who are so keen to grow as leaders and make an impact in their My responsibility was to empower the 250 group leaders. The 250 group leaders had to lead volunteer groups varying from three questions, because it will be the only way to learn. One of humanity’s biggest companies and in their communities. to fifteen people. I had regular meetings fears is emotional discomfort and this fear However, they struggle to see how this will with the group leaders as individuals, and prevents us from asking questions. When happen without them being in leadership once every quarter as a collective group. asking for knowledge we feel vulnerable position. “It is always the executive and Most of the 250 group leaders had full-time and this causes emotional discomfort. senior management that are developed as corporate jobs, but sacrificed their free time This is what the trenches are all about , leaders” the complaint usually goes. to be volunteer leaders. When I asked the though: learning, asking and growing. group leaders why they were so committed, Leadership is not about position though. their most popular answer was the great 2. Drop the entitlement mentality John Maxwell coined the phrase: experiences to be found in leading volunteers. Gretchen Neels, a Boston-based “Leadership is about influence and consultant was coaching a group of young not about position.” His book, “The Here are some of the core leadership skills adults in their mid-twenties on how to 360 degree leader” explores this topic in that you can learn in a volunteer organisation: 38 succeed in job interviews. She asked more depth. There is a lot of truth in what them how they believe employers view John Maxwell proclaims, but the reality • How to cast a compelling vision: them. She gave them a clue, telling them is that the new generation CA(SA) needs Keeping volunteers excited, engaged and that the word she was looking for begins to find a place where he or she can hone motivated without pay really challenges with the letter “e. Their guesses were: ” their leadership skills. The new generation your vision casting skills. energetic, enthusiastic and excellent. The CA(SA) will be the leader of tomorrow • How to clarify roles and expectations: correct answer though was “entitled. ” and leadership comes through practise. Volunteers give their precious free time The behaviour of an entitl
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