I sometimes get asked why I do what I do for IABC and the answer is simple: it sits at the intersect of what I enjoy doing (work with great people), what I am reasonably good at (I hope) and finally, a vision, mission and purpose I believe in (absolutely).
To make that come a bit more alive, I’ve also shared it in the form of a brief story: a 62 word sestude in line with this storytelling challenge (do take it too – you’ll be in good company).
Why lead? Don’t just take my word for it
We’re an international association – and whilst I recognise that there is invariably some variation across countries, I did find this dataset from UK non-profit Getting on Board on the value of board-level leadership experience compelling (check out the infographic on the right):
It’s official – being a trustee makes the UK’s professionals happier, more confident – and perhaps even richer.
Note: whilst the term trustee/trusteeship is used here, I believe it is interchangeable with board-level leadership – and I also believe that similar results would come out of a geographically broader study. Agree/Disagree? Comment below.
Also worth noting from the study:
The results reveal that for job seekers, trusteeship is more important than ever. 92% of trustees who are currently out of work said they felt being a trustee was building their professional skills and boosting their motivation. 73% of respondents said that a role on a charity board boosted their confidence.
For ambitious workers, board level volunteering could provide the next step up the corporate ladder. Trusteeship has taught vital skills to 100% of respondents aged 18-24, with 65% of all trustees stating that a board volunteering role has improved their CV. A quarter of respondents (22%) even went so far as to say that they received a promotion as a result of trusteeship. Trusteeship can also be an important weapon in cultivating female leaders. 74% of polled women improved in confidence thanks to being a trustee, and 38% had new leadership aspirations as a result.
Board-level volunteering is doing wonders for UK employers too. 85% of bosses said trusteeship is an effective and low-cost way for staff to develop skills. 62% of bosses believe that firms that encourage trusteeships among employees positively raise their corporate responsibility profile.
Need more to justify the time to yourself or your employer?
Here are a couple of links for further exploring which may help:
- How serving on a nonprofit board makes you a better business professional – for you from the good people at FastCompany
- 4 ways being a nonprofit board member can help your career – also for you, via Idealist
- Board-level volunteering – a factsheet from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development – for the HR person in your life
- How to get a seat on a non-profit board – and also more reasons why – for convincing the Forbes-reading people in your life, which may include your employer…
Last but not least: because the best organisations give you the time to do it:
Opportunities to serve
Here are a set of opportunities open for applications right now.
- Audit and Risk Committee
- Investment Committee
- Research Committee
- Editorial Advisory Committee
If you want the background on why we do Open Calls, see the Notes & Queries post from the June 15′ #IABCieb meeting.
The call for nominations for the International Executive Board traditionally follows towards the end of the year. Do keep an eye out – and do help spread the word. Here’s a ready-made IABC tweet for you:
— Michael Ambjorn (@michaelambjorn) August 11, 2015
Let’s #createconnection like never before.