When your officer term has come to an end, how can you leave your position gracefully? How can you ensure that the new officers are ready to continue to provide your organization with strong leadership? You can ensure the success of the future leaders and the organization by developing and using a leadership transition plan.
A leadership transition plan is simply written goals about how you will train and acclimate new group leaders. It can be a very specific goal list or a few key training items. The plan should have specific, measurable and realistic goals that are have a timeline. (These goals are sometimes called SMART goals).
A good leadership transition plan will help minimize confusion that sometimes occurs with officer transition.
The process of transition will give outgoing leaders a sense of closure and help them support the new leaders.
Recognize & Encourage Emerging Leaders
To continue the success of your organization, student leaders should work with emerging leaders and develop a plan to ensure the success of the group after the current officers are gone.
New Leader Training
To continue the success of your organization, student leaders should develop plans to encourage new leaders to understand and take ownership of their new responsibilities.
Review Traditions With New Leaders
By sharing personal expertise, knowledge, and experience, you continue to build the knowledge and understanding of the leaders and assist them in being successful in the future.
Review Organizational Structure With New Leaders
Reviewing organizational structure, goals, and accomplishments helps new student leaders understand more effective ways of completing tasks, maintaining standards, and holding members accountable.
Leadership transitions ensure the valuable contributions of experienced leaders are utilized; sharing information with new leadership develops knowledge and confidence in their ability to be more effective in their roles. By taking the time to familiarize new leaders with the organization, you continue to develop the forward momentum for your organization.