Four years ago, I took a break from the corporate rat race to volunteer abroad. I spent a few months working with communities in war torn villages across northeast Sri Lanka and in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. I partnered with local nonprofits, launched online fundraising campaigns and built clean drinking water solutions for over 4,000 people living in poverty.
As I look back, I realize I learnt more about leadership from my brief volunteer experience than I have from my corporate career. Here are my three biggest lessons on leadership from my volunteer experience in Sri Lanka and Kenya.