Ever notice how most leaders have well developed networks? That is no coincidence. The fact is that an advantage of any type of leadership position is that it gives you a built-in excuse for connecting with people.
If the thought of a leadership position seems daunting because of the required commitment and the nature of the exposure, there is a way to ‘have your cake and eat it too.’ Take more behind-the-scenes leadership roles – such as being hospitality chair, publicity chair or even assisting a main officer. This can serve to give you some of the exposure of leadership without completely immersing you in responsibility.