To The Future Leaders: Be Part Of & Contribute To Your Community

Leadership Lesson: One of the great responsibilities at any level of leadership or leadership development is ensuring that our communities are enriched through the skills and value we ourselves can share with and provide to others.

In this previous post, I introduced this current series which covers a top-ten list of ideas I had provided to students at Quest 2017, a one-day summit hosted at Southern Connecticut State University by Connecticut’s Chapter of Prospanica, in partnership with its community and corporate partners. The annual event is filled with motivational presentations, speakers, and workshops providing students with tools for the next chapter in their lives.

The list is made up of tips students should consider as they continue on in their life, work, and careers and is made up of some of the top items on The Self 60.

While the items on The Self 60 tend to be more specific, these items allow for the lesson to be broadened and more encompassing.

In each post I provide general information about the item and a breakdown of what it is, why it’s important, where to get it, and why the item made this top-ten list.

In this post, the item I’ll be breaking down is…

Be Part Of & Contribute To Your Community

General Info / What it is…

This item asks us to be part of our communities, contributing to what is growing, developing, and building within the greater environment around us.

It’s meeting new people in your surrounding area, going beyond your circles. It’s as much presenting who you are to the world around you as taking in lessons from it.

It can take the form of networking, volunteering, teaching, presenting, etc., with all of it having a greater focus on impacting the environment than making money. Both are important, but it’s your demeanor, your influence and impact that can provide so much value to that environment.

Most of it can be service in the form of volunteering, providing to your environment without any expectation, necessarily, of compensation.

(And when volunteering keep in mind that, although there is no compensation received, it doesn’t mean there is no value gained.)

Why it’s important…

In the last few years, the country has become divided as it argues over what the role of government is and each side rails what the opposing party is calling for. In these times, more than any other, does the need exist for each of us to be part of and contribute to our community.

Government has demonstrated it will not always come through and that the people need to take on more of the impactful work, rather than expect it from another entity. It’s important that strength exist in the people and groups which make up a greater community at the ground level.

Like anything else in career, work, or business, there can be a balance between drawing attention and value to yourself for your own gain, and providing guidance, help, and expertise to a body of people just outside of your regular circles.

Where to get it…

It’s always possible to find someone to assist, to help and guide. Giving back can take the form of mentoring someone. It can be coaching, speaking, or presenting. It can be attending networking events and functions.

Providing value can take place in any of these instances. It’s relatively easy to find somewhere to share one’s skills and knowledge. This day in age, with the ubiquity of professional development platforms on social media, there’s no lack of options for someone interested in learning about different groups and communities out side the edge of their own.

Why it’s a Top 10 off The Self 60…

This item is a means by which to share all the other items on the list. It’s an item of service to others. It’s an item which calls on us to understand the impact we can make, as an individual, for the greater good. It demonstrates how much of a difference we can make, just by sharing who we are and what we can do with our communities.

It’s important to share what we can in the world around us. Major changes can take effect by sharing little insights and stories. The world benefits from the uniqueness of each individual’s story, if that person wants to craft their lessons and skills into a narrative to share with others.

Sharing with our communities, with nothing necessarily expected in return, provides a truly rewarding feeling for those who are open to it.

Being able to influence someone, shaping their future narrative with lessons from your own to date, can be powerful and immensely satisfying when recognizing the difference you can make in the lives of another person.

There are so many resources in the world, but sometimes we have a hard time getting to them and, therefore, we’re unable to reconcile who we are today to who we’re meant to be tomorrow, because we don’t have that missing piece.

Some people don’t know enough to go looking for those resources. So it’s on us, when we become aware of what we can do, to present who we are to other people and possibly trigger that reconciliation process for someone who has been looking for what their own path should look like — or who doesn’t even realize they should be looking for one.

The Top Ten (in no particular order)

  1. Find your Driver(s) & Motivation(s)
  2. All Your Experiences Structure Your Path Forward
  3. Get An Accountability Partner
  4. Position Yourself For Your Success
  5. Your Worth & Value – Know It / Build It / Provide It / Live It
  6. Face Your Weaknesses & Fears
  7. Always Keep Learning
  8. Develop Your Awareness – Of Self & Others
  9. Be Part Of & Contribute To Your Community
  10. Do Not Wait For Life To Come To You

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