3 Best Practices for Chapter Leadership Transitions

Last week, UNA-USA had the opportunity to host a webinar that highlighted some of the best practices to prepare for chapter leadership transitions. Here were the 3 biggest takeaways:

  1. Communication is Key
    1. Consistent and comprehensive communication between the outgoing executives, their members, and other advisors is the deciding factor or whether or not a transition is successful.
  2. The Power of Planning
    1. The smoothest transitions seem to occur when outgoing leaders have a clear plan of action to recruit, train, and incorporate incoming executives into the existing chapter. Set and communicate goals (When do you plan to elect/appoint new officers? Is there a mandatory officer transition meeting for outgoing/incoming officers? What materials are you asking incoming/outgoing officers to complete?)
  3. Cultivating Gratitude/ A Sense of Importance
    1. Both incoming and outgoing leaders need to feel supported and appreciated. It is essential to the success of the transition that outgoing executives are thanked for their contributions, and that incoming officers have a firm foundation and toolkit from which to build on past success (i.e. the creation of a binder or worksheet with clearly defined roles/contact info)

If you are interested in learning more about the best practices for leadership transitions, GenUN Fellow, Rabita Tareque, offers her personal advice as a former chapter leader. In addition, we invite you to check out recent webinar! Being a UNA campus chapter leader can be one of the most rewarding experiences that you may have in your academic career. As you begin to approach the end of the semester, we hope that your chapter maintains its strong foundation in the new academic year.


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