Four top qualities of great political volunteers
If you've ever run or worked on a campaign, been a candidate for office, or just pretty much been involved in politics in almost any capacity, you've seen how important volunteers are to political success. But all volunteers are not created equal. Some are better than others. Some are better at different things than others.
So what makes for great volunteers? There are at least four qualities that stand out as the mark of really great volunteers. Of course, few posses them all, but they’re a standard everyone should reach for. And, even though any political effort is usually extremely grateful for any volunteer help it receives, these are some of the qualities you should keep in mind when looking for people to help your cause.
A commitment to principles
The level of commitment from the people involved in any effort is usually the greatest contributing factor to success or failure.
A willingness to sacrifice
Great volunteerism is based on sacrifice. But good volunteers don’t think of it as sacrifice, but rather as an investment in the things that they care about.
A sense of humility
A good volunteer is one who is able to set aside their ego in deference to the cause that they’re involved with. Pride and volunteering don’t go well together.
A positive attitude
Attitudes are infectious, (both good and bad). Good volunteers maintain a positive attitude that encourages otherst to press on regardless of circumstances.
How do you or your volunteers stack up?
(You can find tips like this and much more in my “Grassroots 101: Grassroots Training Series”.)
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