Becoming a leader isn’t something that happens overnight, but hard work and commitment can get you there. Being a community leader is a greatly fulfilling role. As a franchise owner, you can do a lot for the community by using your skills and ability as a leader to help others.
Becoming a leader in your community has many benefits. First, it gives you the opportunity to be involved in local events. Second, it provides a pathway to new relationships that will affect your business in many positive ways. Third, it will improve the reputation of your business among local residents and other leaders.
Here are some ideas on how to get started and become a leader in your community.
Share Your Expertise
Instead of hoarding your knowledge, share it. Contact local schools and organize short presentations to share your business knowledge. Helping others will help you become an influencer. Add value to your conversations, share valuable information on how others can grow their business or even how to start on their own journey.
Give Back to Your Community
Think of ways you can give back to your community. Organize small fundraisers to support a local charity. Participate in local fundraisers or volunteer at different charities. Being visible within your community is not about giving away money, it’s more about being there for your fellow community members.
Attend Local Events
Schedule time to attend community events, volunteer for a charity cause, or get to know other local business owners. Get out there, make your presence known. Listen to what your community has to say, attend local town meetings, and see how you might be able to help.
Improve Your Public Speaking Skills
A leader needs to have excellent public speaking skills. Whether you are reaching out to individuals or a crowd of people, developing good speaking skills is crucial. To be perceived as a leader you should portray confidence, knowledge, and expertise in whatever field you want to be known for.
Work on cultivating one-to-one relationships with the people in your own community. Make meaningful connections with other business owners, other community leaders, and local authorities. As you connect with others in your community, start building small groups that can join forces in the future for business projects or community efforts.