Leadership

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.

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.

Advanced Leader Program

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)

Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB)To be eligible for this award, a member must have:

  • Achieved new Competent Leader award.
  • Achieved Competent Communicator award (or Competent Toastmaster award.
  • Served at least six months as a club officer (president, vice president education, vice president membership, vice president public relations, secretary, treasurer or sergeant at arms) and participated in the preparation of a Club Success Plan while serving in this office.
  • While serving in the above office, participated in a district-sponsored club officer training program.
  • Conducted any two presentations from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series.

Advanced Leader Silver (ALS)

Advanced Leader Silver (ALS)To be eligible for this award, a member must have:

  • Achieved Advanced Leader Bronze award (or “old” Competent Leader award).
  • Served a complete term as a district leader (district director, program quality director, club growth director, public relations manager, administration manager, finance manager, division director or area director). A complete term is defined as having served at least from September 1 through June 30. Those assuming office after September 1 do not qualify as having served a full term.
  • Completed the High Performance Leadership program.
  • Served successfully as a club sponsor, mentor or coach

High Performance Leadership

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.

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