As the saying goes, not everyone is born a leader. Why do young professionals let that deter them from seeking management roles or starting their own business? Just because you need to improve on certain leadership traits doesn’t mean you weren’t cut out for it. Developing the skills necessary to be a leader – a good leader – takes patience, time and lots of practice no matter who you are.
In the school yard, the natural leaders that emerge are the outspoken, opinionated kids that no one wants or cares to challenge. Note that once we grow up, we know that superior leaders are skilled in the art of listening rather than talking. Listening is the key to learning and passing your knowledge along to everyone else – and isn’t that really what having a leadership role is all about?
Many people incorrectly identify coworkers that are persuasive as leaders in the workplace. It is not up to a leader to convince anyone; rather, they need to be able to understand that others will always have different views and opinions. A good leader will be able to walk-in someone else’s shoes. A great leader will not only walk in someone else’s shoes, but they’ll also paint a larger picture of what needs to happen and why.
As a young entrepreneur, you may be used to being one of the smartest in the room. When it comes to leading a business or a boardroom, it pays to surround yourself with coworkers and colleagues that are smarter than you. Even if you are running your own company, you can’t do it all. Who else would be better candidates to have at your side than those that are just as ambitious and smart as you?
Taking the steps now in your young career to finesse your leadership skills will ultimately help you in your quest to become an effective and successful entrepreneur. Did we miss any characteristics that would help young professionals become better leaders? Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@JCI_Iowa) to let us know! Already have your leadership skills down and want to work on your networking? Contact the Jaycees to find out more about our social networking club!
Between life and all that it encompasses – work, family, friends and of course, the Jaycees – little time remains to engage in the community that surrounds us. It is easy to feel overscheduled, but it’s important to remember all we can gain as businessmen and women by giving more attention to the causes that need it most. That’s right – giving back to your community can actually give you beneficial skills for life in return.
Young professionals often participate in their communities as both betterment to themselves and their local neighborhood. What many Jaycees and other participants may not realize is that community engagement can also lead to establishing relationships, building trust, refining leadership skills and more. What you are doing by becoming more involved is actually the gaining skills that will ultimately set you apart from others in the real world.
As you participate in your community, professionals can get a better sense of your identity while also learning the importance of social responsibility and the advantages that networking has to offer. Want to play an even larger role in your community? Consider organizing a community event of your own or with the help of fellow Jaycees members.
Oftentimes young entrepreneurs let their busy schedules dictate what they do or do not have the time to achieve. Be sure that you are setting aside extra time to become more engaged in your community – don’t forget that you are helping yourself as much as the people around you. Do you have any suggestions on becoming more involved in your community? Visit our Facebook and Twitter and let us know!
The Foundation for Iowa Jaycees Charities will be holding their first ever Golf Tournament on July 19, 2013 at the Westwood Golf Course in Newton, IA.
Cost is $200 per team or $60 per person. This includes greens fees, cart and lunch.
The tournament will have a shotgun start at 9:00 am.
Deadline to register is July 12, 2013.
The tournament is open to the public and all are invited.
For more information contact Angie Taylor at(803) 315-6976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cedar Rapids Jaycees ares excited to announce they will be offering the JCI Achieve course on Apr. 20th from 1-5pm for Jaycees from across Iowa and throughout the Northern Midwest . JCI Achieve is a half day course and should be taken by any member who want to fully understand the principles, meaning, purpose and dynamics of a JCI Local Organization.
The JCI Achieve course uses discussions and analogies to help members understand one’s own values and the values and principles of JCI, the role of all members in establishing the Local Organization’s identity, the activities needed to fulfill JCI Mission and develop JCI members into active citizens who will create positive changes in the communities.
Our trainer will be Jennifer Gracey, from West Des Moines. Jennifer is a JCI Certified National Trainer, former Iowa Jaycee President, former National Training Director for the US Jaycees, former National VP for the US Jaycees, and is currently serving as Executive Assistant to the World President of Junior Chamber International. Jennifer is employed as a Senior Business Consultant for Sogeti.
The Cedar Rapids Jaycees are happy to have Jennifer as our trainer and happy to announce that the training will be provided free of charge for all new Jaycees members in 2013. The cost is $10 for all other attendees and this will help cover the costs of training supplies, light snacks, and travel expenses for our trainer.
Participants should register at www.jci.cc and can pay online at http://shopping.cr-jaycees.com
President Tom has set a goal for us to raise $10,000 as a state organization. If you don’t have a team to join and you, your family and friends want to get involved PLEASE donate now online to help us accomplish our goal and to EXCEED our goal to be the #1 State in the Nation!!! Iowa Jaycees YOU Rock!!!
To make an online donation, visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=51626&pg=team&team_id=1336227
If you need fund raising ideas thru out the year let me know. Remember we are ALL things American Cancer Society. This page will be up all of 2013.
With the start of the new year, it is time to start seriously planning for National Convention in Seattle from June 5-8, 2013. I am the Onto Chair for this convention and I’m very excited to get the planning going!
If you have not registered yet, you can do so by visiting the National Convention website at http://www.usjcseattle2013.com/.
I would like to get a complete list of who all will be going from Iowa so we can communicate on flights, hotels, excursions and convention details. Please let me know ASAP if you are planning to attend along with your email and phone number so I can add you to my list. You can email me at email@example.com. I will begin periodically sending out emails with any information I get as it starts coming in.
I’m looking forward to our westbound trip in June!
Onto Seattle Chair
The Iowa Junior Chamber and Clive Junior Chamber are excited to offer JCI Impact, one of the newest JCI Official Courses, on Saturday, March 16, at the Urbandale Public Library starting at 1 pm.
JCI Impact is a three-hour course designed for JCI members who want to become active citizens and make long lasting positive changes in their communities. The course discusses the active citizenship concept, covers the analysis of community needs, the establishment of the real causes of problems and discusses the projects a Local Organization can conduct with other partners in order to create long lasting and definite positive changes in the community. Brian Kavanaugh, a JCI Trainer from Nebraska, will be training this course.
Space is limited, so sign up today. To register, go to http://www.jci.cc/ and click the Members Site link in the top left corner. Log in (or create a log in if this is your first time to the site) and click the link for Training in the Blue Menu Bar. JCI Impact will be listed under the upcoming courses for Mar. 16.
The Urbandale Public Library is located at 3520 86th Street in Urbandale, Iowa.
If you have any questions, please contact Paul Crawford at 515-771-7285 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The topic for the Prepared Speak Up will be as follows:
Describe a situation in which a skill you learned from being a Jaycee helped you in the “real world.”
Speech must be 5-7 minutes. This will be the “first round” for speak-up. Finalists will then be called back later to give an impromptu speech of 3-5 minutes with 1 minute of prep time. The impromptu topic will be give to each competitor individually as they arrive.
Topics for Write Up will be given to all competitors at the same time at the start of a 30 minute prep time. Round 2 will be conducted in the same manner.
This is in accordance with National Rules and how it is conducted at the National meeting.