Members seeking to build their leadership skills are presented with multiple opportunities at Toastmasters. Members can further develop their leadership skills both inside and outside of the club environment by participating in advanced programs, speaker series, and workshops, as well as leadership and volunteer opportunities.
One gets an opportunity to handle various club level leadership roles. They can take on roles during the club meetings and even help conduct the meetings. Each role helps develop specific skills. For instance, a Timer role or a Toastmaster role helps develop skills of time management and organizing and delivering. Furthermore, members can be elected as an Executive Committee member and serve in building and developing the club.
Such opportunities are plenty beyond the club too as one can participate in various Area, Division and District offices.
Members are the heart and foundation of Toastmasters International. Below is a representation of each
service level in support of the member.
The Toastmasters Education Program consists of the two tracks – Communication track and the Leadership track. Here, we look into the Leadership track in detail. Members interested in building their leadership skills begin with Competent Leadership.
This is the core of the Leadership track. The Competent Leadership manual features 10 projects that you complete while serving in various club meeting roles. An evaluator will give you feedback on each project, helping you to improve. When you complete the manual, you are eligible for the Competent Leader award.
After earning the Competent Leadership award, you can further refine and develop more complex leadership skills by completing projects in manuals that are part of the Advanced Leader Program. Members working in this program are eligible for Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) and Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) recognition.
Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB)To be eligible for this award, a member must have:
Advanced Leader Silver (ALS)To be eligible for this award, a member must have:
High Performance Leadership features five projects offering instruction and practice in such vital leadership areas as developing a vision, goal-setting and planning, developing plans and strategies, and team-building. It also gives you feedback on your leadership skills. The program may be completed within your Toastmasters club, area or district, and even within your company or community.
Perhaps you would enjoy taking on a project for your club or district while serving as an officer or committee chairman. Or, if you are an employee or supervisor in a business organization, you could do a leadership project related to the needs of your organization. Other possibilities include projects for your community, church, an association or professional group, or some other organization. Your project can be almost anything, so long as it is legal, ethical, and socially responsible, and your activities are not represented as being endorsed by Toastmasters International.