Chapter Resources

Succession Planning

It is important to finish your time as a chapter leader as strongly as you started. Keep in mind that a critical component in any leader’s role is to make sure that all unfinished business is wrapped up, summarized and recorded so that the new leaders can hit the ground running. Also, remember to train the newly elected leader as quickly as possible to ensure a smooth transition.

Here are some tips:

  • Ask each committee to prepare a brief summary of what it accomplished during the year – and what’s left unfinished!
  • Once you’ve reviewed all the summaries, use them to prepare a report of what’s been accomplished in the association during your term.
  • Publish your report in the chapter’s newsletter as another way to recognize your committees and members.
  • Write a personal note of thanks to all who helped the chapter during your leadership year.
  • Offer to meet with the newly elected leader as soon as possible. Try and work together as a team as you wind up your term.
  • Write it down! Try and think of important dates and deadlines that your successor will need to know and put it on paper.


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