• Never Too Young To Lead

    Do you remember the first leadership role that you have taken when you were young? 

    I remember when I was elected as the class president way back when I was in first year high school. I don’t want you to get the wrong impression. But I only got the position because my friends had set me up. 

    Our section, out of all the classes in 1st year, was the nosiest. This is because I never took the initiative to tell my classmates to be quiet. I just let them run wild. At first they loved it. But later on, some of my responsible classmates noticed it. 

    Then, they came with an agreement to impeach me and elect a new president, someone who is more deserving. It is funny to say that the people who elected me to be in the position were also the ones who took away my power. I felt at that time that there was a mini coup d’etat in the classroom. 

    On the bright side, they were able to gain a sense of unity by working for a common goal of overthrowing their irresponsible president. And guess what, they succeeded and later on gained their freedom and their independence on that day.

    I was reflecting on my experience, I learned that in an organization, most of the power comes from the members, and not from the leader. When they feel that you are not doing your job as a leader, they may work together and overthrow you, just like what happened to me when I was their president.

    John Maxwell (1993) in his book, “Developing the Leader within You,” shared the 5 Levels of Leadership:

    • Position – people follow you because they have to
    • Permission / Relationship – people follow you because they want to
    • Productivity – people follow you because of what you have done for the organization 
    • People Development – people follow you because you reproduce leaders
    • Pinnacle / Significance – people follow you because of who you are

    In John Maxwell’s context, I was only at the 2nd Level of Leadership which is Permission. Majority of my classmates entrusted me to be their leader because I was friends with them since elementary. 

    However, I failed to produce results for the organization. Hence, I got impeached in the process.

    In 2016, I joined Toastmasters International because I wanted to work on my communication skills. It is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership through a worldwide network of clubs with over 352 000 members and 16 400 clubs worldwide. 

    I joined a club near me in Lipa, Batangas with the influence of my dad. We conduct meetings twice a month in a cozy café. I have been surrounded by college students, corporate executives, accountants, restaurant owners, former politicians, teachers, school owners and other young professionals in Lipa who wanted to work on their communication and leadership skills. And I became good friends with them.

    Then 2 years later, this 2018, I became the president of our club - I am the youngest ever in our area and probably one of the youngest in the country or even around the globe! I would not be surprised if one day, there would be another coup d’etat behind my back. 

    Kidding aside, in my four months of being president I learned one important element of leadership that helped me become a more mature leader than I was before. 


    Respect for yourself. 

    Respect for your team. 

    Respect for your members. 

    If you are able to respect those three, the rest would follow. It’s not about age, position, or status. It’s all about “Respect.”

    When I was the class president, I failed to understand this element. I never respected myself because I never wanted the position in the first place. I never respected the organization because I really didn’t care and I just minded my own business. I never respected my classmates, because sometimes, I would be the one to start the ruckus in the room while making fun of someone. 

    Today at 20 years old, I can say that I’m one of the youngest presidents in a Toastmasters club. I can assume the reason why they chose me is because of the relationship that I have built with them through the years.

    Last year, our former club president made a history of achieving “The President’s Distinguished Club,” the highest award a Toastmasters club can achieve within a year. I will be honest in saying that I am feeling the pressure. But this is a good opportunity for me to move to the 3rd Level of Leadership which is Productivity and do what I failed to do back then.

    The challenge as the new president is to keep up with the previous president’s performance. I have looked for opportunities to improve our club. One way is to tap the digital platform and use it to increase our membership base. As of now, I’m studying digital marketing to increase the online presence of our Toastmasters club. 

    I created online surveys to know the market of people who can potentially join and segment them in terms of age, occupation, geographic factors and align our promotions with the characteristics of the respondents. Increasing our online presence gives better chances of increasing potential members which is what we need right now to keep up with last year’s performance.

    Just as Sun Tzu said in The Art of War, “Knowing the enemy is winning half the battle.” I have identified the problem with my previous leadership style which is delivering performance and results for the organization. I may still have a long way to go, but now I know where to start.

    Some may say that I’m too young to lead experienced professionals. Some people may think that they’re too old to follow their dreams. But leaving all excuses aside, Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook when he was only 19 and Colonel Sanders founded KFC when he was around 40. Leadership is never defined by age. Always remember that you are never too young or never too old to make a difference. With God’s amazing grace, everything is possible! - Norman Cacanindin, 2019

    NORMAN CACANINDIN is a fresh graduate of Marketing Management of De La Salle Lipa. He is the current President of Toastmaster Metro Lipa. Now, he is one of the speakers of Mzone Training under the Underdog Leadership and "Ang Mahalaga Bumangon Ka" Program.

  • Click Your Reaction To This!


    Are you looking for a speaker on your event? Do you want to hire us for your workshop? Are you asking us to organize your team building? We are always willing to serve you. We are just a few clicks away!

    Leadership Speaker Philippines


    Marlon is the Founding President of Mzone Training, a leadership speaker and best-selling author.

    Leadership Speaker Philippines


    Venchito is a Co-Founder of SharpRocket, digital marketing expert and a career coach.

    Leadership Speaker Philippines


    Monica is a Certified Speech Language Pathologist and Voice Coach for any professionals of various industries.

    Leadership Speaker Philippines


    Jesse James is a Registered Financial Planner and a Personality Development Coach.

    Leadership Speaker Philippines


    Ferds is an Organization Development Practioner and a Team Building Facilitator.

    Leadership Speaker Philippines


    Domenic is a Certified Public Accountant and now finishing his Masters degree on Taxation.

    Leadership Speaker Philippines


    Joel is an award-winning salesman who has been in sales for more than 20 years of a multi-national pharmaceutical company.

    Leadership Speaker Philippines

    JP KHO

    JP Kho is a knowledge entrepreneur who sells best-selling and international books, a soft-skills trainer, husband and dad of two.

    Leadership Speaker Philippines


    We do not compete, we collaborate. Check out our partner speakers from other training companies!


    304 LN Business Center, A. Bonifacio Ave., Sto. Domingo, Cainta Rizal PH


    35 Katarungan St.,
    Caniogan, Pasig City PH




    +63 927 497 5285,
    +63 906 211 7256

    TOPICS, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES: Supervisory Training Philippines | Work Life Balance Training | Free Leadership Training Philippines | Top Training Providers in the Philippines | EQ Training Philippines | Emotional Intelligence Leadership Speakers | Basic Leadership Training | Work Attitude Values Enhancement Seminar Philippines | Team Building Facilitators Philippines | Seminar and Training Providers in the Philippines | Professional Development Training Philippines | Training and Development Companies in Philippines | Training for Trainers Philippines | HR Training Philippines | Team Building Speaker Philippines | Stress Management Speaker Philippines | Top Training Consultants in the Philippines | Filipino Motivational Speaker | Stress Management Program in the Philippines | Female Motivational Speaker Philippines | Motivational Speaker Philippines | Famous Public Speakers List in the Philippines | Personality Development Speakers Philippines | Resource Speaker Philippines | Keynote Speaker Philippines | Corporate Training Philippines | Time Management Training Speaker In The Philippines | Personal And Office Productivity Training Speaker Philippines | Employee Engagement Speaker Philippines | Sales Rally Speaker Manila Philippines | Leadership and Management Training Philippines | Train The Trainer Manila Philippines | Effective Customer Service Training Seminar Philippines | Sales and Marketing Training Philippines | Financial Speakers Philippines | Personal Finance Speakers Philippines | Financial Coach Philippines | Famous Youth Leaders in the Philippines | Digital Marketing Speakers Philippines | Organizational Development Training | Change Management Training Philippines | Strategic Planning Facilitator Philippines | Accounting for Non-Accountants Seminar Makati | Youth Entrepreneurship Speaker | Personal Branding Speaker Philippines | Inspirational Speaker Philippines | Free Speakers