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Leadership track

What is the leadership track?

Toastmasters is not just about communication (speeches, evaluations, table topics… etc). Toastmasters has two “tracks”, communication and leadership. The two tracks tie-in quite nicely to help you develop a multitude of skills, however, the leadership track is optional – which is probably why many forget about it… Remember when you first signed up? You should have received two manuals from Toastmasters International, and you probably got busy focusing on the communication manual, that you forgot to take a peek at other one!

Just like you progress through manuals and designations in the communication track, the same applies to leadership. Starting with Competent Leadership (CL), moving on to Advanced Leader Bronze and Silver (ALB & ALS), before re-uniting with the communication track for a Designated Toastmaster (DTM).

Why should I bother?

If you have been working on the communication side, you know that Toastmasters works! The leadership track is no exception here. The leadership skills you’ll develop (or fine-tune) produce tangible results. Acknowledgement of your accomplishments (e.g. letters to your employer as you get new designations) are the same on both tracks, too.

Some of the skills covered by the leadership track:

  • Time management
  • Facilitation and negotiation
  • Delegation
  • Team building and team work
  • Mentoring & motivating
  • Listening and giving feedback

What do I need to do?

Going through the leadership manual is a lot easier than you think! Just showing up to the meetings and taking up roles will get you most of the way. Really! You get credit for filling in for the various meeting roles such as Timer, Grammarian, General Evaluator, Table Topics Master and Toastmaster.

A couple of projects require you to step up to other roles outside the club meeting, but still within easy reach. Some examples:

  • Mentoring a new member, or being a part of a mentoring committee for an existing member (look at the mentoring page if you are curious).
  • Running a club special event, chairing a contest or organizing the Christmas meeting would be two examples.
  • Participating in a membership and/or publicity campaign committee, or even helping out with the club’s website.

Now is the time to find your leadership manual, dust it off and let it guide through a wonderful journey of self-improvement. Questions? Speak to your mentor or the club’s VP of Education.

 

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