Learning essential life skills
Are leaders born or are they made? At Toastmasters we believe being a leader is not about job position or the title you have;
it is about attitude and approach to people
The Competent Leader ten projects will help you learn essential leadership skills. Not just great in their own right, they require communication thereby reinforcing speaking learning
We invite you to become a leader
The foundation of leadership
Listening is an important skill. It is only through good listening that you acquire information, make decisions and resolve conflict. If people sense you are not listening, your cause may already be lost. How well do you listen? This project will help you evaluate your ability.
2. CRITICAL THINKING
Understanding what you have heard
The information gathered through active listening needs to be thought about. What does it mean? Critical thinking is all about how to approach problems, questions and issues. How good is your critical thinking? This project emphasises the values of honesty, openness and weighing up opinions to help decide a course of action.
3. GIVING FEEDBACK
Criticism is easy to give and harder to convince people with. Giving feedback is different; it aspires to recognise what goes well and what can be improved. At all times there is respect for people involved and generates respect for the leader. How good is your feedback? Learn the most valuable of leadership skills with this project by giving constructive feedback.
5. PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION
Leaders need a plan to meet their goals
Effective time management creates the room for a leader to plan. Planning creates goals and provides direction for the team to achieve objectives. Thinking before action. How good are your planning and implementation skills? This project is about the communication needed to determine goals and timetables
Lead the discussion
One of the roles a leader plays, certainly in conflict resolution, is that of facilitator. It involves active listening, critical thinking and feedback. The facilitator leads the discussion, allowing everyone to have input, with the end goal of reaching a consensus. How well do you facilitate? The project will help sharpen your skills in this area.
Share your knowledge
One of the qualities appreciated in leaders is their ability to raise others up through quality advice. Being a mentor is being an effective leader because other will recognise the experience and seek it out. Being a mentor is about personal growth. How good is your mentoring? The project will encourage you to share your experience and mentor another person starting out speaking
10. TEAM BUILDING
Lead your team to a goal
Teams are all about common goals. The leader creates the tasks and encourages the team to support each other to achieve. Teamwork results in more creativity and greater productivity and successful teams give leaders more time to devote to leadership issues. Can you build a team? In this project you will create a team to achieve a club goal. And on conclusion you will have learnt the ten basic skills of a leader and achieve the Competent Leader award.
4. TIME MANAGEMENT
Learn to make the best of a valuable asset
Time is viewed as the most valuable asset as it can never be replaced. Many things consume time so managing demands becomes invaluable too. Meetings, paperwork and daily events all act to eat into leadership time that may be spent planning for the future. How effective is your time management? With this project you are encouraged to anticipate, prioritise and manage time.
Inspire people to action
Motivation is what is commonly associated with leadership. The ability to motivate people, creating a desire to perform an action is the leader’s most highly valuable skill. It helps overcome obstacles and revive flagging spirits. How well do you motivate? The motivation project is about assessing your ability by chairing a club project.
10 LEADERSHIP PROJECTS
Your Core Learning Material
Complete project 10
and attain the Competent Leadership award
In doing so you provide service excellence
to the club and its members
6. ORGANISATION AND DELEGATION
Order the chaos for people
Having planned, the leader also thinks about organising people and delegation of tasks that are better achieved by others. Organise people and the goal will be achieved. How effective are your organisation and delegation skills? In this project you will organise an event and delegate activities within a team.