Welcome to my blog!

My name is Alex Arshavskiy. I created this blog for people who are trying to get a leadership position based on their professional experience, educational background, or both, but cannot get it due to the lack of leadership skills, credibility, or both. This blog helps you complete a missing link and accomplish your leadership goal. It also provides essential knowledge on leveraging non-profit organizations whose mission is to develop leadership skills.

Many people never heard about these organizations, some people heard about them, yet others even participate in these organizations. However, only few people really know how to efficiently leverage those groups. This blog also provides you with detailed information that allows you to immediately pursue your goal, develop leadership skills, and obtain credibility as a leader.

You will benefit from this blog regardless of your professional experience, and educational background. If you do not have business or management degree, you will get a tool that allows you to obtain knowledge and develop you leadership skills. If you are an MBA graduate, this blog will show you how to immediately apply your academic knowledge at the level your employer will not allow you. It will also give you an opportunity to gain credibility as a leader.
And last, but not least, this blog will connect you with people like yourself, to support and inspire each other.

Regards,
Alex Arshavskiy,
MBA, PMP, Competent Leader

Leadership Skills Development and Non-profit Organizations

Let’s take a look at different types of non-profit organizations. There are many types of non-profit organizations, however, in the article I would like to focus on the following two types:
 
1.  Organizations whose primary goal is to develop and promote specific professional skills.
2.  Organizations whose primary goal is to develop leadership skills.
 
The Project Management Institute is one example of a professional organization. Its primary goal is to help project managers to develop project management skills and promote Project Management Body of Knowledge.
 
Professional nonprofits have numerous volunteering leadership positions that can help you develop your leadership skills. In addition, you will have a great opportunity to build your professional and business network.   
 
One example of the second type of non-profit organization is Toastmasters International. Its primary goal is to create a mutually supportive positive environment, in which people can develop leadership and communication skills.
 
Toastmasters International offers two different tracks to its members: the communication track and the leadership track.
 
General Public knows Toastmasters International as an organization that developed highly skilled speakers and leaders. Yet, this organization is primarily associated with development of public speaking skills. However, this summer Toastmasters International announced rebranding with main emphasis on Leadership Development.
 
From experiences of many people, as well from my personal experience, I know that Toastmasters International creates excellent framework to practice leading different groups of people ranging from 20-40 people at the Club level to thousands of people at the District level.
 
Toastmasters International provides high quality leadership manuals. However, people can either fully explore this opportunity and earn leadership skills and habits or take a more formal approach to complete the manual.
 
I will discuss in my future articles the best ways to leverage this organization to maximize leadership development.
 
By the way, the cost of membership is almost symbolic. At the end of 2011, the membership fee is $39 for six month (It includes several manuals.). 
 
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Leadership Skills Development

Before we start discussing how to develop leadership skills and build corresponding habits, let’s make it clear what skills we are talking about. Actually, what skills should we master to become competent leaders?

 The list of leadership skills below is neither extensive nor prioritized. 

  • Delegation
  • Time Management
  • Facilitation
  • Motivation
  • Active Listening
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Effective Writing

Almost all skills are interrelated. For example, Active Listening Skills include Interpreting Body Language Skills; Motivation Skills include Persuasion skills.

We will discuss each of this skills and corresponding habits in our future articles.

As I mentioned in the previous article “Formal vs. Informal Leadership”, in order to succeed as a leader, we must DEVELOP LEADERSHIP HABITS. It is obvious that to practice leadership skills we should be in a leadership position… and to get a leadership position, we need to have already developed leadership skills and habits. Does it sound like a vicious circle?

How easy is it to obtain a leadership position in the established organization without recognized leadership credibility and advanced leadership skills and habits? Based on the experience of many people I know, it is almost not feasible. Why not? Simply because these leadership positions are usually the highest paid and recognized for. That is why SUPPLY is much HIGHER than DEMAND, which in turn creates very unfavorable competitive situation for people with lack of leadership skills and credibility.

What is the solution for this problem?  You should practice leadership skills in the leadership position where DEMAND higher than SUPPLY!  The question is: how do you find those positions? My answer is there are many nonprofit organizations around you that have those positions opened. Not many people know about them, but even fewer know how to truly practice Leadership Skills participating in these non-profits. You don’t have to quit your current job to benefit from these positions. If you are a business owner, you will have a chance to improve your network and get additional credibility.

In the next article, we will discuss nonprofits in which you can develop your leadership skills and build your leadership habits.

Formal vs. Informal Leadership

Have you ever asked yourself what should I do to have people put me in charge?

Let’s think about this for a moment…

People often follow people who are their bosses. This is called formal authority. 

However, other people in charge don’t have this authority. Their power derives from personal relationships they have established with others.  These leaders are not designated as bosses. Actually, other people consider them leaders as they help them accomplish THEIR GOALS.  In both cases, leaders understand people and know how to leverage formal and informal authority.

There is no doubt that the best way to influence someone is to have both formal and informal authority. However, if you have little or no formal authority, you can still influence other people. To do that, you should earn informal authority.

We all know CEOs, business owners, managers, and supervisors who are unsuccessful even with their formal authority because they have not earned the respect and trust of those who work for them.

This blog is based on the assumption that you want to accomplish something in the area in which you do not have formal authority. We will help you DEVELOP LEADERSHIP SKILLS necessary to earn the authority you need to influence others.

The key phrase here is “DEVELOP SKILLS”.  It is absolutely not enough to obtain leadership knowledge.  A lot of people have this knowledge. There are many books available on the topic of leadership. A lot of people have degrees in leadership, management, or psychology which provide the exposure to the Leadership Body of Knowledge. 

However, these people still need to develop leadership habits. We will discuss the ways to develop these habits in our next article.

Welcome to my blog!

Hello, and welcome to my blog!

My name is Alex Arshavskiy. I created this blog for people who are trying to get a leadership position based on their professional experience, educational background, or both, but cannot get it due to the lack of leadership skills, credibility, or both.
This blog helps you complete a missing link and accomplish your leadership goal. It also provides essential knowledge on leveraging non-profit organizations whose mission is to develop leadership skills.
Many people never heard about these organizations, some people heard about them, yet others even participate in these organizations. However, only few people really know how to efficiently leverage those groups.
This blog also provides you with detailed information that allows you to immediately pursue your goal, develop leadership skills, and obtain credibility as a leader.
You will benefit from this blog regardless of your professional experience, and educational background.
If you do not have business or management degree, you will get a tool that allows you to obtain knowledge and develop you leadership skills.
If you are an MBA graduate, this blog will show you how to immediately apply your academic knowledge at the level your employer will not allow you. It will also give you an opportunity to gain credibility as a leader.
And last, but not least, this blog will connect you with people like yourself, to support and inspire each other.

Regards,
Alex Arshavskiy,
MBA, PMP, Competent Leader