LEADERSHIP IN YOUR BRANCH AND ITS BOARD
Being a leader is multifaceted and means many things.
- Developing members to take on leadership roles
- Provide members with support and connect them with like minded people
- Provide a culture of community and networking
- Having fun through collaboration and working with others
Creating a culture of respect, support, excellence, commitment and friendliness benefits your members and your club’s mission and vision, reputation and member loyalty. Effective leaders create a vision for the future, work well with their committees and members, and enable the branch’s success.
A vision can’t be attained without other member’s contributions. This includes your membership as well as your board. Leaders must be able to motivate and collaborate with people that can deliver your objectives. As such, much of effective leadership relies on people skills.
Respect for individuals and knowing how to bring out the best in them as the work together is important. Team dynamics is important here, knowing your team, whether board members or committee members, or your general membership, and handling problems quickly allows you to get the best value from your resources and move forward.
Pay close attention to how members feel about their assigned duties, what motivates them personally. Use a proactive approach and appropriate steps to have engagement and retention. Put some fun into your approach! Create community.
Effective leaders also look for leadership potential in others. Developing leadership skills within your group creates an environment that ensures long-term success.
Delegating and monitoring tasks and objectives should be done in a proactive manner. Equip your team members with the necessary skills and abilities to attain their success and achieve the vision of your branch. Give and receive feedback regularly, though training and coaching, encouraging collaboration and skill sharing across your membership.
- Think globally
- Appreciate cultural diversity
- Develop technological know-how
- Forge partnerships and alliances
- Share leadership
Today, knowledge sharing, creativity, and taking the initiative to anticipate and resolve your branch needs are required for any organization to survive. A people-centered leadership approach, where leaders are willing to work in the best interest of all is proven to be most effective.