Resources for Community Leaders Pursuing Lifelong Learning
By Guest Writer: Sean Morris
Community leaders know just how important it is to continually expand their knowledge of the issues facing their neighbors. But when you’re juggling so many responsibilities and obligations, it can be tough to prioritize learning! These resources will help community leaders invest their time and energy into lifelong learning in order to better serve their communities.
Even if you left school years ago, you can always return to the classroom!
● Read up on the benefits of returning to school as an adult learner.
● Weigh the pros and cons of a few different schools to find the program that is the right fit for you.
● Brushing up on your business skills could definitely serve you well as a leader, so consider earning your MBA in business administration online!
Learning From Others
Turning to other people who are active in your community can teach you important lessons about leadership.
● Focus on networking with accomplished leaders you can learn from!
● Ask other community leaders and activists if they would be open to giving you informational interviews and sharing their expertise.
● If there is someone in your community whom you deeply admire, you may want to seek them out as a mentor.
Getting involved with business and volunteer organizations, or investing in professional development, can help you build confidence as a leader.
● Joining a mastermind group will allow you to spend more time interacting with other business leaders with advice to share.
● Pursue a variety of enriching volunteer opportunities and form relationships with other altruistic people through Mid-Plains United Way.
● Make room in your schedule to attend educational conferences in your industry!
Learning can be an individual process, too! Setting aside time for self-directed learning is key.
● It’s important to engage in frequent self-reflection to assess which skills you need to improve on.
● Use the ample resources at your local library to further your education for free!
● Engage in creative projects on your own time to gain the benefits of hands-on learning.
For community leaders, learning never truly stops. As you work to support your neighbors and solve problems in your area, you’re always picking up new skills and refining your views. With these resources, you’ll have no trouble prioritizing your personal education in addition to your other commitments.
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