Volunteering offers one a chance to be positive and focused at all times. One tries to do whatever one can to change society, which is the optimistic mindset that leadership requires. A true leader is one who is passionate in whatever they do and will strive to achieve the set objectives despite the challenge. This paper will highlight the importance of volunteer work in shaping future leaders.
There is nothing more gratifying than understanding how much of an impact a person can have on the community. This fall, I dared myself to manage a hectic academic schedule. I was selected to lead a local community song and dance group. This was going to be challenging, given that I had to maintain an 18-credit course load. My academic schedule was demanding as countless assignments were coming up daily. The song and dance festival was around the corner, and the locals were anxiously waiting for the event. Despite feeling overwhelmed, I persisted with my studies and practiced the festival’s songs. In this process, I recognized that anxiety drained my creative energy. Thus, I tried not to focus on these feelings but on the success of the event.
Learning to humble me and appreciate the experience as I receive criticism and handle difficult circumstances was a lesson that enhanced the standard of my service in extracurricular activities. As I organize myself and become mindful of others’ feelings, I practice respect and effective listening. In a tumultuous time, I have learned to de-escalate the circumstance by using humor and interacting, which allows both sides to find a consensus.
The way I view effective leadership behavior has been influenced by volunteering. Having held a leadership role in the local song and dance team, I have recognized that achieving objectives requires time and coordination. I now wonder why sometimes we fail to answer some of our class meetings or activities. Pushing myself has influenced my management style, as it is essential to listen to my colleagues and develop a shared vision.
In conclusion, this conversation has taught us that a career in community programs is all about making a decent living by supporting and encouraging others. A leadership role is not about controlling or forcing your ideas on those you are leading. Rather, it is about empathy, transparency, and the willingness to inspire those around you. By inspiring and supporting other people to excel, one can leave behind a good reputation.