NACADA’s strategic goals (6 of 8)

Greetings, colleagues. . .

In this month’s post, we continue looking at NACADA’s strategic goals, with a specific focus on the goal to “develop and sustain effective Association leadership.”  Of all the professional organizations I’ve worked with in my career, NACADA is far-and-away the best at involving members, developing and equipping those interested to lead the Association when the time comes.  Consider the following thoughts about leadership:

  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.  (John Quincy Adams)
  • Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. (Peter Drucker)
  • A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.  (Jim Rohn)

NACADA offers a multitude of leadership positions, ranging from those that are very visible to the membership to those that are more “behind the scenes.”  Whether through a commission, advisory board, publication or standing committee, members who want to demonstrate their leadership skills and the value of academic advising will find plenty of opportunities through NACADA.

One of the most important tools for developing and sustaining effective Association leadership is the Emerging Leaders Program.  Both your incoming chair, Dr. Kristan Venegas, and I are “graduates” of the ELP; participating in its activities provides an outstanding (but not exclusive) path to leadership positions in the Association.

We’re all busy with our daily personal and professional lives, but NACADA is very respectful and conscious that, as a volunteer association, members must balance their commitment and desire to the Association with the demands of their “real” lives.  I encourage you to explore the leadership opportunities available in NACADA and to get involved as your schedule permits.  As always, I’m happy to dialogue about this topic with you any time; please contact me using any of the regular venues.


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