Four tips for becoming a leader in your community, from a community advocate

There are lots of ways to get involved in causes that matter to you, so we’ve called upon someone with experience in this area to offer you some advice.


Do you want to step up and lead your community? 👏

There are lots of ways to get involved in causes that matter to you, so we’ve called upon someone with experience in this area to offer you some advice.

Hajrah is not just a star from Knafeh & Coffee To Go: Northern Territory, she’s also a volunteer and advocate who’s a leader in the NT’s multicultural community.

Hajrah has kindly shared a few tips for anyone wanting to support communities and causes by harnessing their skills.

Read on to find out!

1. Understand yourself and pursue your passions


Being young enables us to explore what is both fascinating and advantageous to us. 

As a leader (or aspiring leader), it is critical to maximise our time and recognise our compassion. Emotional intelligence is also crucial for becoming a successful leader, particularly in one-on-one circumstances. 

Make every effort to be aware of your positive impact on others.

2. Listen, observe and be sympathetic


A good community leader understands that making mistakes is a part of life but attempting to learn from them is important.

If you are determined to become a good leader, you will have to be the best at listening, observing and accepting suggestions. 

Throughout your life, you will find yourself in positions where you receive feedback on how you handled a situation. It’s critical to get that feedback, acknowledge the comments, and where appropriate, adapt. 

3. Create opportunities and make connections


Every young person has hidden talents, which they often struggle to recognise whether it is public speaking, advertising and marketing, photography, gaming, writing and so on.

Hajrah has put a bunch of skills here, but don’t worry if you don’t see yourself in the list! What skills come from your own interests?

If you know you have a talent or have been told youre really great at something you enjoy, dont be afraid to pursue it, especially if it benefits your community.

Oftentimes, we feel there is a lack of opportunities in the community for young people to voice their opinion, grow and feel they are valued in the community. 

If this is the case, create opportunities for yourself and those young people around you. 

Make connections with the relevant people in the community who will assist you in creating those opportunities – education and health ministers, organisations, regional youth coordinators and educational institutes. Social media is the most convenient way to connect.

4. Be the leader you would like to follow


As aspiring leaders, our aim should be to lead by example. For instance, if we want people to be punctual, we should firstly be punctual ourselves. 

Offer help and contribute to local communities, respect elders and younger children and utilise any of your talents to make an impact. 

We’re sure all this advice has got you raring to go, but we’ll leave you with one more tip from Hajrah: “Don’t forget, we must have fun and enjoy our lives to the fullest. It is essential for a leader to practise a healthy work-life balance from the beginning.”

Hear about how other people are helping out in their communities here.