Leadership is about growing and one cannot grow if they are not open to new experiences. One cannot experience new things if they say “no” when offered a new opportunity. Therefore leadership starts with a “YES.”
Saying yes to one new opportunity has to potential to open to door to many other opportunities. I believe it to be as simple as that. If one does not say “yes” they will not have as many chances to participate in new experiences or opportunities that will help them to grow as leaders. Saying “yes” to the Leader Advancement Scholarship has opened up countless doors for me during my first year at CMU. If I would have turned down the offer, I would not be the leader I am today. Saying “yes” was one of the best decision I made for myself as a leader.
Because I believe that Leadership starts with a “yes” I always try to say “yes” to new opportunities when I am offered one. I will encourage others to do the same as well. One can always say yes and then later decide that that opportunity was not for them with is better than saying “no” and never knowing what may have come from the opportunity.
I challenge you to say “yes” to the next opportunity you are offered as a leader. Step outside of your comfort zone and experience something new.