Training cultivates stronger leaders
Leadership is important to any club or organization, if it is going to survive. Good leaders are the soul of an organization.
Being a leader is not an easy task. A leader must have a vision; inspire others; always be present for their members; promote effective plans; utilize resources; improve errors; and much more.
Individuals who are selected for leadership positions are encouraged to attend leadership workshops to prepare them for their specific duties.
This commitment requires a lot of dedication, as it might mean they will have to give up some time with their families because of travel to other cities and states. Their professional careers may require them to juggle their schedules so they can fulfill the requirements of their leadership position.
It can also be expensive: travel expenses, hotel accommodations, registrations, meals, clothes and more.
The organizations I’m affiliated with, such as Delta Kappa Gamma and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, sponsor leadership workshops annually for their leaders on the local, state, regional and national levels. The workshops are usually from one to four days.
These workshops are available for presidents, vice presidents, treasurers, secretaries, parliamentarians, community service project chairwomen, board members and more. Some leadership workshops are open to all club members, which gives them opportunities to learn more about the organization requirements for potential leaders.
What are some characteristics that clubs and organizations consider when selecting leaders?
- Good leaders are decisive – making decisions with timeframes encourages members to follow with confidence.
- Good leaders are passionate, and they know what their priorities are. They care about what they do and the organization.
- Good leaders are humble and are connected with others. They remain willing to take responsibility for their actions and do not point fingers at the people when things become difficult.
- They communicate effectively and are good listeners. Sharing thoughts and ideas makes it easier to achieve a common goal of an organization. Communication is the base of success and can help in the planning and execution of tasks.
- They are enthusiastic! A good leader energizes other members.
- They give credit where credit is due. A good leader appreciates hard work and achievements. Leaders know that success comes through teamwork, and they respect every contribution.
Being a good leader requires a lot of dedication and sacrifice. I have known several women who have given 30-50 years serving as leaders of their organizations.
The members of any club or organization should work to help leaders utilize their talent in the best way possible.