Effective leadership isn’t easy. It is demanding, and often a 24×7 commitment. Leading a volunteer organization has unique challenges, because the leader competes for time – her own and her volunteers – which is often at a premium.
I have been privileged this year to watch an exceptional volunteer leader, and would like to share my observations on why her tenure as President of a professional organization was so successful.
She had been approached in earlier years to take on the Presidency, but said no because she didn’t feel she had the time to commit. It wasn’t until I watched her throughout the year she said “yes” that I realized just how powerful this was. She is the type of person that, when she commits, she commits her all. I saw just how this played out, and it was fascinating to watch. (more…)