Competent Leader Program

Toastmasters International offers two educational tracks – the Communication Track and the Leadership Track. You can work in both tracks at the same time. You must complete both tracks in order to earn the ultimate Toastmaster distinction, the Distinguished Toastmaster award.

Leadership education helps you personally because leadership skills are used in all areas of life, including career, family, and community involvement. Development of leadership skills will increase the pace and scope of your personal development.

Leadership education helps our club in many ways as well. The Competent Leader manual trains you in the basic skills necessary to perform the functionary roles that make our meetings interesting and on time. By providing this information to you as a new member, the CL manual will decrease your stress as you tackle each functionary role for the first time.

The leadership skills covered in the CL manual are:

  • Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Giving Feedback
  • Time Management
  • Planning and Implementation
  • Organizing and Delegating
  • Facilitation
  • Motivating Other People
  • Mentoring
  • Team Building

How to Use the Manual

  • Read the entire manual through one time. It will take you about an hour to skim it. This step will really help you understand how the manual works.
  • Compare the functionary assignments that you receive from the VPE with the manual. When you can match an assignment to a project in the manual, re-read the project.
  • Check “Practice in your Club” on pages 67-75 for additional tips on acting as a functionary.
  • Bring your manual to the meeting and ask your mentor or another member to evaluate your performance. Show them the section in the manual that pertains to what you are doing.
  • Track your progress with the attached sheet.
  • When you complete all the assignments in a project, show your manual to the VPE or another officer to have it signed.

A couple of important points

  • It is not necessary to finish your Competent Communicator manual before starting on the Competent Leader manual. You can work in both at the same time.
  • It is not necessary to finish the first project before doing parts of the following projects. You can work on the projects and sub-projects in any order.

The Competent Leader manual is another great resource provided by Toastmasters International to help you reach your goals in life. Take advantage of it!