Dear fellow Toastmasters,
Are you aware that leadership is also a crucial key track in your Toastmaster’s Journey? During every chapter meeting, members do not just take on speech projects, but also take on appointment roles such as Timer, Evaluator, Toastmaster of the Evening and so on. These roles allow you to develop essential leadership skills such as time management, teamwork and effective communication. But, leadership definitely extends way beyond that! When we go to work, we might have to develop our potential further and encounter certain situations where we would have to lead a large group of people in a decision making process and so on.
Roseline Torres is Boston Consulting Group’s resident expert on leadership and even left her previous job so that she could study about the topic of leadership in greater details. She shares a 9 minute Ted Talk speech on what it takes to be a 21st century leader. In this Ted Talk, she highlights that there are key differences in becoming a leader today, especially with the increase in the flow of ideas and communication. She rose up three effective questions in her speech on what it takes to be a great leader:
1) Where are you looking to anticipate change?
2) What is the diversity measure of your network?
3) Are you courageous enough to abandon the past?
Watch this short clip: http://www.ted.com/talks/roselinde_torres_what_it_takes_to_be_a_great_leader?share=13aade675f on how Roseline talks about the various characteristics needed for a leader to succeed today and come out from the past conventional ways!