Leadership opportunities – Who is knocking at the door?

Who is knocking at the door!

I joined Toastmasters to improve on my communication skills, but then I heard a knock at the door!

My fellow Toastie asked me if I would be interested in becoming Sergeant at Arms, as I showed potential in organising and time management. Who? Me!

So, with a little nudge, I agreed to take on the role that allowed me to practice my organising and time management skills. Not too long thereafter, I took on the roles of VPEd and then Club President, because someone saw some leadership potential in me and encouraged me to practice these skills. I have realised that Toastmasters creates opportunities for individuals in both communication and leadership abilities, by encouraging practical application within a supportive, encouraging environment.

Challenges were many, including communicating my expectations on a task clearly, to avoid misunderstanding amongst role players. I tried to speak less and listen more, to ensure team members were able to express their views fairly. I learnt to trust more as I encouraged team members to take responsibility for tasks, without me interfering and wanting to do everything (as I was advised by a mentor not to micro-manage everything). I consciously had to remind myself that I am here to learn and not to be scared to make mistakes and to embrace feedback as an opportunity to grow.

I feel that I have so much more to learn, but I know I am not alone. I always have someone guiding me and helping me navigate through the challenges of becoming a better leader. Today, I am proud to have been given the opportunity to be Division E Director 2018/2019, only because YOU (My Toastmaster family) saw something in me!

I opened the door to a world of endless possibilities, by taking up the leadership opportunities made available to me through the Toastmasters International program.

Thank you, Toastmasters International for creating leadership opportunities for individuals, like me, to practice and learn leadership skills to become better leaders.

Angie Kivido

Division E Director