Good leaders do great things. Are volunteers included?
Absolutely! Volunteers are committed to community and achieving a greater good. Working to make a difference in the lives of people, exuding passion, and showing a willing heart to help and inspire others to achieve their highest potential. Plus, it just feels good to help someone else instead of working toward self-gain results.
Just like “traditional” leaders, volunteers are courageous and visionary. Volunteers are not afraid to get involved to make an impact. They recognize a need, step in to fill that need, and work through the power of collectivism to achieve a higher purpose. Their work goes well beyond the selfish attitude toward growth and skill development.
Volunteers are relationship managers. Working to connect with people, they build and rekindle relationships through interaction, compassion and support. Secondly, volunteers reach out and work with individuals at their level creating a sense of comradery that is uncompromising. People quickly learn that someone cares. “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” (John Maxwell)
Leadership is more than just being the C-Suite executive in charge with a charismatic personality delegating tasks along the way. According to Charles H. McGannon, “leadership is action, not position.” It’s also about being committed to serving people, your community, and the world. Volunteer leadership is intended to be a tool to achieve a greater good to do great things. Whether leading a fortune 500 company, non-profit business, or solving a social cause, it all stems from the foundation of service. Learn more about why people volunteer.
In honor of National Volunteer Month in April, we extend appreciation to all GMN volunteers for their continued commitment and support. Get involved in your local or national organization. Contact Miriam Williams at GMN (firstname.lastname@example.org) and learn about national and regional volunteer opportunities to get involved.
Do you have what it takes to be a volunteer leader?