Several months ago, I began to serve on the leadership board of the Young Adult Ministry at the church I attend. This has been one of the most personally and professionally rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. In addition to gaining transferable skills that can help me excel in all areas of life, my leadership position has enabled me to make new friends and gain a first hand account of how ministry works. If you are currently serving on a leadership board or plan to start doing so soon, the following strategies can help you make the most of your position.
1. Talk With The Director Of The Organization.
Typically, the director of the leadership board where you serve will be the most familiar with the rules and regulations you’ll need to grasp in order to have success in your new position. Additionally, keeping the lines of communication open between yourself and the organization director can help curtail misunderstandings while sharpening your listening and interpersonal skills. I speak with the director of the organization where I serve at least several times a week. Doing so ensures that I understand his goals and values as well as any goals or objectives he wants our organization to accomplish in the near future.
2. Document Your Achievements As They Transpire.
As you serve on a leadership board, you will likely find yourself engaging in activities and making decisions that entail you winning awards or exacting positive change that drastically improves the quality of the organization. When these things happen, you need to document your achievements immediately. This will be helpful because it ensures that documents like resumes and curriculum vitaes are up to date and full of information that demonstrates your competence and excellence.
3. Ask For Performance Feedback.
In discussing the value of performance feedback, Berkeley notes that “High performing operating cultures are continually striving for improvement. Continuous improvement requires continuous feedback – candid, timely, honest, constructive.” In recognizing the role that gaining good feedback can play in generating your improvement, the value of such evaluations should become plain. In many cases, the organization where you serve may perform evaluations of your performance that enable you to understand your professional strengths and weaknesses. In other instances, however, these structures may not be in place. If that is the case, be sure to request performance feedback from the director of the organization (or whoever the presiding official may be). This data will be the springboard through which you make changes that will help you become more effective in your personal and professional life. In a For the individual this means regular conversations with the supervisor about:
Serving on a leadership board can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. By implementing the strategies listed above, you can be sure to get the most out of your experience. Good luck!