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See Who Shows Up – Step 1 in Scouting Potential Leaders | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

See Who Shows Up – Step 1 in Scouting Potential Leaders

Leadershipphoto © 2007 Pedro Ribeiro Simões | more info (via: Wylio)
(First in a series on traits of successful leaders, especially non-profits who seek volunteers)

The most important job of a leader is to find and train your replacement. How do you find the right person?

First, watch who shows up for events. Not just the big events with the sparkly toys that get all the attention. See who shows up to do the work before and after the event, behind the scenes, without seeking any public recognition for effort.

It’s easy to show up for the fun stuff. Or most of the fun stuff.

Leaders realize the fun stuff doesn’t happen if someone doesn’t do the tough stuff first.

“There are four aces in every deck,” I was told years ago. “No matter the organization – its size or its scope – generally about 4 key players keep things going.” Maybe that’s why many organizations have 4 top offices – president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

The challenge with most leaders is they are already leading. Most leaders I know are already stretched too thin, especially if they help not-for-profits as a volunteer. They could be great leaders but simply don’t have the time and passion to help you.

The potential leaders who show up most likely have the deepest passion for your cause. Their energy, their time, and their passion follows. As soon as they show up, find ways to uniquely use their talents.

Observe the following the following in new potential leader recruits:

  1. Communication skills – how they relate to others
  2. Work habits – do they go the extra mile and help others?
  3. Work style – what is their work style, and is it a good fit for you? How do they handle stress or tough situations? What stresses them?
  4. Commitment - is this someone who truly wants to help or wants to add a community service line to their resume?
  5. Time frame – some help for a project, a season, a year, a few years, or a lifetime.

The quiet secret of volunteer leadership is you get more than you give. Yes, it’s tough and stressful at times. But whatever you do to help others gives the deep satisfaction of using your talents to help others.


Wow. It's Quiet Here...

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