You know volunteering is good for the community. But can volunteering make you a better leader?Smartblog Logo

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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Karin Hurt
Karin hurt is CEO of Let's Grow Leaders, a leadership consulting firm focused on helping companies achieve transformational results by building rock-solid frontline leadership teams.She has a diverse background of executive leadership experience in sales, customer service, call centers, human resources, merger integration, training and leadership development-- the last 20 years of which have been with Verizon.She most recently served as Executive Director of the Strategic Partnership Channel at Verizon Wireless where she transformed customer service outsourcing, working with companies and call centers to build great customer experiences and strong cultures. Her high-trust, high-collaboration approach has led to substantial improvement across the portfolio, with centers performing at parity or above internal centers.Prior to that she led a large Verizon Wireless sales team (2000+) leading the Nation in store sales to the Small and Medium business space. Her book, Overcoming an Imperfect Boss: A Practical Guide To Building a Better Relationship With Your Boss is available on Amazon. Karin has an BA in Communication from Wake Forest University, an MA from Towson University in Organizational Communication, and additional graduate work at the University of Maryland, where she taught communications classes.She was recently recognized as one of the top 100 thought leaders in Trusted Business Behavior by Trust Across America and as Multiplier of the Year by the Wiseman Group.Karin lives in Baltimore with her husband and two sons. She knows the long road of the marathon runner and the joy of good song, all of which inform her leadership.
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