Become Involved with Leadership Opportunities This Summer
By Alan L. Olsen, CPA, MBA (tax)
Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen and Co., LLP
Summer provides a time for events that foster leadership growth. If you do not know where to start looking for leadership development opportunities, the ideas below may give you direction as to where you can begin your search this summer:
1) Economic Summits. Many companies or industry leaders host summit events where individuals nationwide can attend and hear from experts in the field on several different topics. These events provide excellent networking and training opportunities for leadership growth.
2) Scout Camps. No institution better trains young people to become the community leaders this country so desperately needs than the Boy Scouts of America. What better way is there to develop your leadership skills than with raising the next generation? The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with several opportunities to develop leadership skills. If you are a new leader who is looking for growth opportunities, this may be a good place to start. You can start by signing up to be a merit badge counselor and assist youth in learning new skills at a day camp or in a local community troop. There are also executive leadership positions available in the organization.
3) Company Retreats. Volunteer to help organize a company retreat to develop better skills and unity within your company. Our firm organizes retreats where staff have the opportunity to grow and develop leadership and career skills. We involve our staff in the presentation of these retreats. If you have ideas on how to plan a successful retreat, share them with your management team. As you seek for leadership opportunities, you will most likely find them.
4) Community Events. Communities are always looking for volunteers to help with different community programs ranging from City Council to developing programs for “at risk” youth. Within your community, you can choose your area or interest and volunteer to begin your leadership development.There are several leadership opportunities available to those who seek them. If you want to strengthen your leadership skills this summer, find an event or organization and become involved.