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What is service leadership?

Service Leadership is the powerful force that occurs once a person discovers their heart to serveanswers their call to lead, and summons their courage to engage.

Heart to Serve + Call to Lead + Courage to Engage = Service Leadership

Key Club helps students become engaged members of their communities who work to solve problems and help others through service. The word clouds below were created by members in attendance at the 2017 Key Club International Convention in San Antonio, Texas. They were asked to use a word or phrase to describe what each component of service leadership means to them.

Heart to Serve

By providing opportunities for members to discover their heart to serve and realize that serving others is not just something they do, Key Club shows students how caring is their way of life. The service club experience helps members accept their own ability to make a difference, enhances their knowledge of their own passions and convictions, and develops their ability to empathize with those in need in their communities.


Call to Lead

Key Club helps members answer their call to lead. Every person has leadership potential, and this organization provides a forum for individuals to unlock theirs.  Someone with a call to lead decides to step forward when the easier choice might be to stand still. The service club experience helps members accept their own identity as a leader, enhances their knowledge of other-centered leadership, and develops their ability to transform an idea into purposeful action.

Courage to Engage

Key Club provides an excellent forum for members to summon the courage to engage and decide to live a life of collaboration not isolation. More than ever before, young people need to develop the capacity to effectively interact with others face-to-face.  The service club experience helps members recognize collaboration as a key to success, enhances their knowledge of how to build coalitions to address community needs, and develops their ability to build strong human connections through conversation.