A Great Way to Practice Leadership

Is there a voice inside of you that keeps telling you to lead, but you don’t really know what to do with it?

One of the best ways to practice leadership is with an audience that is super forgiving. Kids.

Kids are hungry for leadership. They rely heavily on adults organizing things for them to do and there’s a lot of kids that have no one to do it for them. Working with kids can also teach you three important things:

Speaking, patience, and how not to take yourself too seriously.

When you’re a leader, people take notice. There’s a character that will resonate in you and whether you call it an aura, spirit, or self confidence, that character will be recognized even when you aren’t purposely leading.

There are lots of organizations that need leaders to volunteer everyday. Here’s some you may consider based on your situation:

1. Boy/Girl Scouts
2. Church
3. Tutoring Programs
4. Boys & Girls Clubs of America
5. Sports (little league, soccer, etc.)

These are the first five that come to mind. There may be some local programs you can find simply by asking. The first step in leadership is the easiest and yet often the hardest – Deciding to take action.

I have to warn you though…once you start working with kids, you may not stop.

Attitude Really is Everything

Saturday I joined a group of volunteers organized by my church, out in East Winter Garden, FL. The project could have lasted all day, but thanks to a tremendous turnout of volunteers, the project was completed in blazing speed.

At the service project I was humbled by the children who were there.  On a Saturday morning when I’m sure all of them would typically be playing video games or watching TV, they spent their day with a paint brush in hand and serving in the community.  A decision their parents obviously made, and one they