Joining a local home builders association (HBA) gives you your first start at contributing to the building industry. You are a general member and that in itself is taking action towards helping the industry. Some are very content in being that general member and there is nothing wrong with that position. Without general members there is no HBA. There comes a time when general members are asked to donate time to a committee, task force or an event. They are asked through an HBA publication, speaker at a general membership meeting or "one on one" by a fellow member. Some just read or listen, others have their interest piqued. Those who have that desire to learn more about donating time are about to climb steps that lead to the first level of leadership; An HBA volunteer. In a past blog article titled "Voice of One, Power of Three" we discussed the purpose of the Federation. Understanding the level of membership that you invest your time and what each level brings, in terms of benefit to the building industry, will help you understand the need for volunteers.
3. You should receive business introductions and opportunities as people get to see your commitment and get to know you. This takes time and building a great reputation will always take time.
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more and become more, you are a leader" ~ John Adams
Note: This series of upcoming blog posts are based on The NAHB Associates power point presentation titled "Unlocking the Mystery of Associate Leadership. Thank you to the New Jersey Builders Association for donating the presentation to NAHB so that our associate members across the Federation could help those who want to contribute their skills and talents in helping the HBAs.