“I choose to check in the game and contribute to the solutions.” – Allen McClendon, LEAD 2016

Allen McClendon, who serves as the Corporate Partnership Manager at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, went through our LEAD program this year. We asked him to reflect on what he learned and his role as a community leader.

What was your biggest take away from the LEAD program?

My biggest take away from LEAD is there is always room for improvement. There is a lot of science and research behind being an effective leader. LEAD helped me to identify areas that I should continue to work on in order to evolve as a leader in my community.

What impact has your participation in LEAD had on your work in the community?

My LEAD experience has helped me to really appreciate the volunteer roles I choose to
accept. No matter how big or how small my role may be, LEAD has refocused my desire to do the best job I can do 100% of the time.

What leadership quality has been most useful in your work?

Time Management has been the most useful quality in my work.As a result of my LEAD participation, I take more time to prepare for meetings which allows me to optimize my productivity.

What board, committee, or other community leadership role have you had recently that was
particularly important to you? Why did you choose to serve in that capacity?

Donating my time to a local Parks Friends Group. This particular park has always been near and dear to my heart. I have chosen to donate more of my time to this cause because I notice a need for community help in local parks. Instead of standing on the sidelines complaining about issues, I choose to check in the game and contribute to the solutions. I have also recently committed to serving on a Jewish Community Center committee because this is my family’s local community center.

What piece of advice would you offer to emerging community leaders?

I would suggest being intentional. Ensuring that you have passionate and relevant reasons for why you choose to help your community. A lot of service takes place in a thankless environment. At the end of the day you have to be happy with simply giving back.