REALIZING THE POWER OF MY VOICE
Author: Alicia Fleming-Lawanson, Milwaukee, Wis.
In some capacity everyone leads. Whether you are a leader in your family, workplace, community, or church, you are a leader.
I hold whole heartedly to the phrase, “actions speak louder than words.” It is one thing to lead, however, someone who leads with integrity speaks volumes. A person whose actions reflect high moral principles and professionalism is an effective leader.
I first began developing this principle when I started with Public Allies Milwaukee 14 years ago. It was then that I began learning how to lead by having a voice in the decision-making process during team service projects. This experience was very empowering. It taught me to not be afraid to think beyond the norm and act on the task set before me. It was here that I learned the fundamentals of becoming a leader in my community — skills I am constantly developing each day.
I am attentive to my words and actions on a daily basis, as I have young future leaders watching every move I make and evaluating each decision. In addition to that, I am responsible for setting a good example for the people I lead in my organization, whom I am responsible to daily.
Alicia Fleming-Lawanson is Club Manager for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. She was an Ally in the Milwaukee class of 1997. She is also one of the Public Allies alumni who appear on the cover of “Everyone Leads.”
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