When it comes to leadership, listen before you think

Leadership comes in many styles and types. For Shane Feldman, a young entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Count Me In, leadership is about two concepts: listening and then making choices that make an impact.

Feldman was the most recent guest speaker at a Siegfried Youth Leadership Program™ event, the fifth of its kind. During a lively presentation, he explained to students that no matter what they want to do or what they want to build, they have to learn to be present and listen to the people around them. This, he shared, was the first really important lesson he learned and it continues to propel him and his non-profit organization, a brand valued at $2.6 billion, to this day.

Rob Siegfried, the CEO and Founder of The Siegfried Group and of Siegfried Youth Leadership Program™ concurred, and added, “Being present and listening includes more than listening to questions and comments from others — it especially includes listening to yourself. We need to listen to our hearts, our souls, and our minds to gain clarity about who we really are and what we really want. Because when we do this type of reflective thinking to uncover our deepest desires, we find the energy we need to become better leaders.”

The second lesson Feldman learned? “Leadership is about making choices that make an impact. They don’t have to be world-changing ideas,” he said. “Small choices help us make a difference. That’s leadership. It’s about the follow-through. What happens afterward.”

Our lives and our leadership abilities are augmented with the choices that we make. It’s one of the reasons Rob believes putting intention and attention on these choices is so important.

Helping students create opportunities to develop leadership skills

The Siegfried Group, LLP has spent the last three decades helping people become better leaders — both in their professional and their personal lives. In 2016, Rob expanded this reach and created an innovative initiative — Siegfried Youth Leadership Program™ — to help young people develop the leadership qualities they need to have a successful future.

“This program comes from a place of abundance,” said Rob. “I’ve been in business a long time and I’ve learned firsthand what it takes to be a good leader — of myself and of other people. I wanted to bring this knowledge to a younger audience and get them thinking about these critical skills early and often. Exposing them to young entrepreneurs like Shane Feldman, who has such a joy and passion for serving others, could change the way they think about their life and the choices they make.”

At the most recent Siegfried Youth Leadership Program™ event, more than 350 students congregated at the University of Delaware for a half-day program that focused on helping them start, or continue, their journey toward developing strong individual leadership skills. In addition to sessions led by Rob and Feldman, four students joined a panel discussion to talk about what they want their life to look like when they are 25 years old and what hurdles they would need to overcome to get there.

Future events

The next Siegfried Youth Leadership Program™ event will be on February 27, 2019 at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.

Why You Should Teach Kids They’re Leaders Now, Rather than Later

At Siegfried Youth Leadership Program event, students find inspiration and begin to develop the leadership qualities they need for a successful future.

Every night, before going to bed, Gabrielle Jordan was told by her parents that she needed to “be a leader, not a follower.” So, from a very young age, Gabrielle knew that she held the keys to her future. What her parents did changed her life and now, she delivers that same advice to students all across the country.

For many students, being a leader isn’t their number one priority. Although a few leadership qualities can come naturally, many children and young adults will rely on the people in their lives and their experiences to help them develop important leadership qualities. The earlier they learn how to identify, hone, and use these qualities, the better.

The Siegfried Group, a leadership advisory and CPA firm, has spent the last 30 years dedicated to helping its employees and clients become better leaders — both in their professional and their personal lives. In the last few months, however, The Siegfried Group expanded this reach and has started to focus on how it can help the youth in its area begin to develop the leadership qualities they need to have a successful future. Rob Siegfried, the CEO and Founder of The Siegfried Group, calls this innovative initiative Siegfried Youth Leadership Program (SYLP).

“My goal for this program is to help transform the lives of the youth in our community,” said Siegfried. “I’m trying to help people, including myself, be more transformational so they can get more out of their lives. For students, coming here and being able to hear different perspectives in a new environment can be very powerful and can help them commit to reaching further and thinking bigger. I really believe that doing this type of outreach now, while they’re still young, will make a huge difference in the long run.”

At their most recent event, more than 400 students joined Siegfried and Gabrielle for a half-day program that focused on helping students in grades 8 – 12 start, or continue, their journey toward developing strong individual leadership skills. In addition to sessions led by Siegfried and Gabrielle, there was a panel discussion where four student panelists each spent a few minutes discussing a transformational moment that really impacted them and forced them to step up and become a leader in their own lives.

The next SYLP event will be on March 22, 2018 at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. More information about the Siegfried Youth Leadership Program is available at siegfriedyouthleadershipprogram.com and more information about Siegfried is available at siegfriedgroup.com.

For students in Delaware, a successful future awaits those who seek leadership development

For students in Delaware, a successful future awaits those who seek leadership development

Details offered on Siegfried Leadership Program

031Students, parents, teachers, and local business leaders recently joined Rob Siegfried, CEO and founder of The Siegfried Group, LLP for a dinner at the Hilton Christiana to learn more about Siegfried Leadership Program and its upcoming events for students in Delaware and nearby counties.

During the course of the evening, Siegfried, a co-founder of the program, shared details about the conversation with his daughter that sparked the idea for Siegfried Leadership Program, reviewed highlights of the program’s first event in November 2016, and shed light on what participants could look forward to this year.

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