4-H leaders hear how to spice up their programs

Bruce Schultz  |  8/7/2018 3:10:55 PM

(08/07/18) LAFAYETTE, La. — A leadership workshop on Aug. 6 for about 100 4-H leaders and volunteers in southwest Louisiana was aimed at improving 4-H Club programs with the start of the new school year just around the corner.

“Spice up your 4-H program” is an annual volunteer and leadership workshop held to kick off the 4-H year and providevolunteers and leaders the tools they need to be successful in their 4-H efforts, said Lanette Hebert, LSU AgCenter regional 4-H coordinator for the southwest region.

The day’s main speaker, Justin Crowe, a 4-H specialist with the University of Tennessee, stressed the importance of working in a cooperative effort. “You all come from individual parishes, but you are all part of the Southwest Region,” he said.

Diverse leadership styles work for the benefit of an organization. “You do not want a room of Justin Crowes running the show. You need different personalities,” he said.

Teamwork in 4-H is critical to accomplish goals. “Teams share values. Teams share visions. At the end of the day, we’re an organization that helps people,” Crowe said.

Crowe said effective 4-H leaders will:

— Get to know each other.

— Build trust within the group.

— Try to see situations through other people’s perspectives.

— Recognize everyone.

— Encourage members to share information.

— Learn to delegate.

— Avoid holding grudges.

— Not steal the spotlight.

— Be a clear communicator.

— Be willing to serve at all levels.

“Go back to your parish and make a difference,” Crowe said.

Also at the workshop, participants shared different activities and ways of improving 4-H clubs.

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Justin Crowe, 4-H specialist with the University of Tennessee, conducts a team-building exercise with Louisiana 4-H volunteers and leaders during a workshop Aug. 6 for the LSU AgCenter Southwest Region. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

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