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Volume 1, Issue 38


Volunteering Helps Develop Leadership Skills

One of the best ways to learn to become a leader is by making a commitment to a cause through volunteer service, writes a leadership expert.

Alice Korngold, management consultant and author of Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses, recently wrote a column for Fast Company about why volunteerism is great for leadership development. To make the most of a volunteer experience, she suggests the following:

  • "Choose a cause that's meaningful to you, and where you like the people. Determine how you can be useful-whether helping with strategic planning, inviting friends to a fundraiser, serving on the advisory council or serving on the board," Korngold writes.
  • Be open to opportunities to help out with projects. "Before you know it, you could be chairing a committee and eventually perhaps serving as a board officer," Korngold writes.
  • Look for potential mentors.
  • Always remember the mission.
  • Be generous with your time and contributions.
  • Help recruit and mentor the next generation of volunteers so that they may be good leaders.


This article is from the April 2, 2012 issue.

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