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Benefits of Volunteering for Association Leadership

Volunteering can be integrated into your plans for achieving professional goals. People generally think about the enjoyment and satisfaction they get from working with others toward a common purpose and the sense of belonging that this kind of participation brings. By volunteering for leadership in professional organizations you not reap only those standard bene-fits, but also you gather options to further your training, HRD, and workplace learning and performance career and continue your professional growth.

Don’t overlook the possibility that some tangible benefits can be gained from service—something beyond a vague idea of visibility, contacts, or credentials. Benefits accrue in terms of your own professional learning. Given our hectic work and personal lives, it’s a more effective and efficient use of time to reap more than one benefit from an activity, particularly one that we’ve elected to do. Why not view volunteerism as an experience-based approach whereby working on a real project or an actual problem can lead to accomplishing some specific learning objectives of your own? Consider, as an example, serving on a membership committee to increase your marketing skills. With this in mind, your motivation can increase your commitment to volunteering.


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