Navigating successful leadership transitions can be very tricky, but it is essential for the success of your chapter.The goal is longevity! You likely won’t be in your current role forever and want to prepare your group to go the distance and change the culture of your city. By setting up future leaders, you ensure that the chapter will continue to prosper- changing hearts, changing minds and saving lives for years to come.
First, create a structure for your group to work within for the transition. Use the Pro-Life Future chapter constitution to set up your leadership structure. You are free to add more positions and committees to this. Pro-Life Future leadership terms last 2 years, you are welcome to run for re-election as many times as you choose.
Second, start looking for new leaders early on! As your chapter recruits new members, be on the lookout for natural leaders. Once you have identified potential leaders, delegate simple tasks to them and see how they handle the responsibility. As you delegate, begin to identify strengths and weaknesses. (This will help you assign leadership roles to the appropriate people.) But, don’t disqualify people for having weaknesses. It doesn’t mean they aren’t going to be a good leader! Take the time to help them grow! Let’s face it, we all can use a little help! Encourage the current leadership team to become mentors to the potential leaders.
Third, transition early! Announce the elections at least two months before they occur so that people have time to think about how they can best serve the chapter and the mission. Be sure to encourage people who you think will make good leaders to consider running for a position. Elections should be held at the same time every year. It is crucial that there is an overlap of time where officers-elect and current officers can work together. This gives the new leadership time to ask questions and to settle into their roles. Previous leaders should introduce them to key players in the community, show them the process to get things done, and allow them to learn from the chapter’s past successes and mistakes.
For FREE one-on-one assistance with managing your leadership transitions, contact the Pro-Life Future team for help.
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