Around the time I first joined Toastmasters, the club president gave a speech about leadership.
In Toastmasters, members typically work their way through a Competent Communicator manual, and often neglect the other manual they receive upon signing up: the Competent Leadership manual. Our president spoke of the importance of working on leadership, and urged us all to start making time for our leadership manuals.
There was a Q+A afterward. Being the pain-in-the-ass brat I am, I asked:
“Why should I work on leadership if, as a full-time, work-at-home freelancer, I aspire to avoid all leadership roles?”
Little did I know how much things would change in just a year. [Read more…]