Every group needs a leader, no matter the size. This can be a team of people from work, some peers working on a group project, or our home communities. Without a leader to give guidance, nothing will be able to get done no matter how much a new idea would benefit the community as a whole. Stepping up to be this leader will make sure these improvements are implemented and motivate others to want change in their community as well. Here are some ways you can become that leader in your own community.
Support Important Causes
It’s one thing to private support important causes, but to be seen as a leader to your community members, it’s important to be visibly seen supporting these causes. There are several ways you can do this, one of which is attending rallies for movements. This day and age, in particular, is showing many radical movements for change, and a quick Google search can lead you to several organized protests that you can participate in. If physically attending rallies isn’t your thing, actively using hashtags on social media associated with these movements will show your open support to your community. You could also do something simple, like helping groups hand out flyers and newsletters to others.
Doing things like this will show people that you’re willing to stand up as an authority on important issues, and they’ll be more likely to listen to you on other issues that you advocate for in the future.
Propose New Policies and Programs
Change has to start somewhere, and proposing new policies and programs will show that you’re willing to take the first step in implementing that change. You can do this by attending school board meetings or, if you want to take it further, potentially running for an elected office, but no matter which way you do so, you’ll have to get politically involved in your community. Propose these policies or programs with good intentions—not only will doing so benefit yourself, but it should also benefit your overall community. With this in mind, going around the community and make your position on certain issues known. You can mention this to fellow church patrons, your family and friends, coworkers, or any other networks you have at your disposal. Tell them your proposal, then ask for their help on spreading the word about the proposal.
The more you’re trusted as a community leader, the more likely your fellow community members will listen to what it is you have to say. Likewise, the more people you have on your side, the larger your general influence will be, which in turn will bring your proposal that much closer to becoming reality.