Three Ways to Be a Better Chapter Leader This Year
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
Being a DECA chapter leader is an honorable position. You have the opportunity to serve as both a mentor and a friend.
Just like anything else in life, there is always room for improvement and so here are some ways to become an even better chapter leader:
1. Communicate Effectively
We seem to preach these words all the time but communication is indeed key. It is crucial to have a strong line of effective communication in all aspects of your chapter. Your fellow leaders need to be able to communicate with you so allowing yourself to have an open mind and a positive attitude about someone’s ideas or concerns is very important. Your chapter members also need to feel comfortable expressing their opinions as well.
To further enhance the level of communication within a chapter, I have two suggestions of communication tools I personally have utilized in the past:
1) Slack | https://slack.com/is
This is by far my favorite communication tool that I have ever used. It is a free service that is compatible with your phone and computer. Your chapter can categorize its different activities into separate channels and organize people into relevant areas. The service allows you to easily share files and manage tasks. You can also create your own emojis as well to react to different posts with!
2) GroupMe | https://groupme.com/en-US/
This tool is very simple to use and is also available at no cost. You are able to create groups where you can express ideas, share photos, manage a group calendar, take polls, and track posts with popular activity.
2. Know Your Chapter
First, you need to understand your leadership team. Every team is different so you must take the time to learn how to best work with one another. It is a good idea to find common interests with these people since you will be working with them for a significant amount of time. You might as well make it an enjoyable experience, right?
By the end of my term as chapter president, I was easily able to say that my officer team doubled as my best friends. You can often find us working together outside of DECA, vacationing/traveling together, and voluntarily spending our free time with one another. Who knows? You might even want to spend more time with these people and find yourselves as roommates somewhere down the line like I did. My wish for you is that as a chapter leader, you are able to experience the true “DECA family” the way I did.
Your chapter members are equally as important to get to know. The more they see you as a friend, the more they will want to attend meetings, events, socials, community service projects, etc. Take the initiative to connect others within your chapter as well and have them get to know each other.
3. Be a Positive Role Model
Your members look up to you as a leader and it is your job to set the tone for the environment. Your words and actions reflect the setting in which your chapter operates in so always be a positive role model to those around you. Your experience as a chapter leader is what you make out of it so make it a good one!
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