One of the members of my team, in her work with our volunteer leaders, plans to offer them Amazon gift cards. But these won’t primarily be “small tokens of appreciation”; they’ll be offered specifically for each to purchase a book to help them grow in their leadership.

So that leads to this week’s Fridea…

Offer your student leaders a “development budget” for books, conferences, mp3s, or other leadership growth tools.

This doesn’t just help your leaders grow. It also helps them learn to grow, to devote themselves to finding tools (rather than just taking in whatever happens to be put on the plate before them). If you’ve got the budget, this is a fantastic way to honor your student leaders, push them forward in their leadership, and set them up for a lifetime of intentional leadership growth.