3 Best Practices for Chapter Leadership Transitions

Marco Sanchez - Youth Engagement Intern - United Nations Association


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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. Construct a strategic timeline which your outgoing chapter leaders can use to prepare for a seamless leadership transition. The best strategy for this is to start early! Even though it may be the beginning of the semester, it is important to start thinking about your future chapter leaders as early as your first general semester meeting. The more time prospective chapter leaders have to prepare, the stronger their leadership foundation will be once they fully assume their roles.
  2. Prepare a set of essential questions for both incoming and outgoing chapter leaders. These questions will ensure that your incoming officers receive all necessary information before they begin their roles as UNA campus chapter leaders. In addition, outgoing officers should also reflect upon their term as a chapter leader and strive to give any possible advice they may have for the future leadership of their chapter.
  3. Set a leadership agenda for the upcoming semester / academic year. If you are incoming officer, setting a leadership agenda for your chapter will ensure that there is a common focus and consensus between everyone on your board. More importantly, setting an agenda will help your overall chapter continue the momentum it has set in previous semesters / academic years. This agenda should tackle questions such as:
    1. What are 3 areas of opportunity that you think the chapter can work on?
    2. What are 3 areas of success that you think your chapter is doing great at?
    3. What are your top 3 goals as a chapter leader?

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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