Lots of leaders volunteer. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, more than a quarter of the American population volunteers, and employed people volunteer more frequently than the unemployed.
Many corporations actively support volunteering; 48 of the 100 companies recognized in the 100 Best Places to Work give paid time off for volunteering; and Starbucks and others have made volunteering part of their turnaround stories.
I have been talking with hundreds of leaders through live conversations, LinkedIn forums, and other banter. Time and again, people shared these key ways volunteering makes them a better leader.
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