A leadership reflection about JCI and the one year to lead concept

Everybody who knows me will know that I have been involved in Junior Chamber International for a while. I was the President of JCI London in 2008 and had a fantastic year.

In JCI you have ‘one year to lead’ and one year to make an impact. It is an interesting structure, it has both positive and negative sides to it. I’ve met a lot of people in JCI who has taken on a leadership position and found it scary and daunting to take over after a former successful leader.

I know about this phenomenon from my own experience. Your limiting beliefs are telling you that you might not flourish and you might think that it’s not going to be possible to be as successful as the leaders before you.

One thing I’ve learned is that you aren’t there to fill anybody else’s shoes. You are there to be YOU and develop your skills. We are all fantastic and amazing in different ways and it’s more about how you choose to work together with the people around you that will determine how successful you are.

If you are enthusiastic that will spread to the rest of the team and your members. And an enthusiastic team is something you’ll be very grateful for.

Your year as President will be full of surprises, both positive and negative. The road can be a bit bumpy and you don’t really have a map. Being the President is like managing a smaller business and there are a lot of things that just have to work out.

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I’ve heard many JCI members say things like: ‘JCI makes me feel truly alive.’ ‘In JCI it feels as I can do anything.’

How come they say this? I think it is because JCI is talking to their spirit and resonate with their inner values. You are allowed to try new things in JCI. People will encourage you to go outside your comfort zone and you’ll grow a lot while trying out new stuff. That is what makes it exciting. Often your day job will not provide thise kind of opportunities.

Please, don’t be afraid. We can’t do anything about the past, we can only challenge our own limiting thoughts and move forward with what we have. And what you choose to believe has huge impact on your life and your year as JCI President.

You only have one year to make a difference, so you don’t have time for too many limiting beliefs, my tip is to kick them out of your head today!