WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 company, a brand valued at $2.6 billion, to this day.
The second lesson? "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 Siegfried, the CEO and Founder of The Siegfried Group and of Siegfried Youth Leadership Program™, 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.
The next Siegfried Youth Leadership Program™ event will be on February 27, 2019 at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. More information is available at siegfriedyouthleadershipprogram.com.
About The Siegfried Group, LLP (Siegfried)
Siegfried works alongside financial executives across the nation, on their most important accounting and finance projects. Filled with an innovative spirit and led by an ambitious entrepreneur, Siegfried provides unique Leadership Advisory combined with high potential talent. At the heart of our Firm is our approach to individual leadership and the continual pursuit of helping people grow both personally and professionally. As a whole, we value having fun, being fair, and building and sharing stakeholder value. More information is available at siegfriedgroup.com.
About Siegfried Youth Leadership Program™
This impactful program provides an impetus for students in grades 8 through 12 to strengthen their individual leadership during a half-day event that features a series of inspiring talks, group sessions, and sharing of insights. Siegfried Leadership Program™ is a collaborative effort between The Siegfried Group, LLP, Junior Achievement of Delaware, and the University of Delaware's Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship.
About Shane Feldman
Shane Feldman is a TV Personality, Producer and Social Entrepreneur, best known as the founder and CEO of Count Me In, the world's largest youth-led movement. His success is rooted in his ability to unite tribes and celebrate community. He has spoken at the United Nations, been recognized by the White House, and worked with some of the world's most dynamic companies including Google, Microsoft, and The Walt Disney Company.
About Count Me In
Count Me In was started by Shane Feldman, following his challenging transition into high school. What started as a small project remarkably went viral, and has since evolved into the global phenomenon known as Count Me In. Committed to transforming the way teens see themselves in connection to the world, through volunteerism, community and mentorship, Count Me In is now the largest youth-led organization in the world. Count Me In is a global leader in immersive and practical student leadership training, and community building. Our programs support local and global causes, and build social connections and self-esteem, which can help prevent depression, improve mental health, and build confidence.
SOURCE The Siegfried Group, LLP