As we develop and strengthen the leadership in our organizations, as well as our personal leadership development, we should be sure to include time and planning for “community focus.” More and more organizations have broadened their vision to include community service initiatives. Your career development plan should include the same goals for considering your involvement in your community. There are many ways to explore ‘community’, both inside and outside your organization and this can become a highlight for your experience and resume. Caretaking for your community can also contribute to your overall wellness and help you to develop as a confident professional.
Let’s start with a definition of what we mean by community focus. Wikipedia defines community a social unit
of any size that shares common values. “
Values” elicit our energy and emotion because they are principles that we deeply believe in. We should therefore invest our time and our support. In our career path, we sometimes get so busy with tasks that we forget to schedule time to “give back” and revisit our values. Finding time to serve a greater good can be easier than you think and the rewards for you can make a big difference.
The word “mantra” has a few different meanings. One of the definitions means, “an instrument of thought” (Wikipedia). A credo is “a statement of the beliefs or aims that guide someone's actions” (Dictionary.com). A few weeks ago, I was writing up my thoughts on leadership to share with a new team member. In doing so, I realized I created a list that makes up my personal leadership credo or mantra.