Recently I have attended very different meetings, one of which had amazing leadership. It really got me to thinking what is great leadership of a committee, board, or organization.
Belonging to and sitting on various Board & Committees I get
to see many dynamics. I always respect those that step up and truly lead. They
take the helm, oversee the financials and staff, ensure the organization is
growing, and goals are being met. They listen to their members and are always
ready to address issues no matter the difficulty of the situation.
Meetings that don’t provide written information to review in full,
no opportunity for expression, and when the main topic for discussion is
presented without the written materials needed to get it done at the meeting it
doesn’t show organization or leadership.
One meeting was outstanding. I would be re-missed if I didn’t
directly credit Denise Smith and Nanci Oakley from the State Theatre in Easton.
We had a Freddy Preview Party committee meeting. (ask me about donating to our
raffle, dessert room item, or attending!) They weren’t just prepared with
agendas and things to address. They had all the associated data printed and ready
for discussion and planning on each agenda items. Samples to show for new
concepts. Nothing was waiting for more information unless it was a completely
new topic brought up that morning. They knew what they wanted to address, gave
respect and opportunity for everyone to present their ideas/thoughts, and
maintained momentum and excitement for the event. To me, this was Fun-Nominal
leadership to which I aspire.
Remember, as you step up it is not always going to be easy or
perfect, and clearly not always smooth sailing. But visit what you think makes
great leadership and try to put some of those aspects into practice. All
organizations can always use more people stepping up and contributing to the