If you are reading this, chances are you are an Association Executive. Or, perhaps, you are an incoming leader looking to work better with your AE.
In my estimation, Association Executives have one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs I know. Along with managing a staff and keeping the association fiscally sound, just to name a few of their responsibilities, they have a revolving door of volunteer leaders. Having new leaders come in each year with new agendas and ideas can be a blessing…….or a curse!
One of the most prevalent ways I work with AE’s is onboarding new leadership.
This is a critical piece of the AE pie and changes yearly, as new leaders rotate in. I can’t tell you how often I have heard “I just need to get through this year”, coming from AE’s, and sometimes leaders. To me, this is not a healthy way to be, whether it is within the role of the AE, or the volunteer. There are countless methods that I use in working with AE’s to have their years flow more easily and be more productive.
There are many parts to the role of Association Executive. Here are some of the items where I have assisted AE’s:
- Using the DiSC Work of Leaders Assessment
- Assisting the incoming leader with developing their initiatives
- Working with the AE and leader in vetting their initiatives
- Creating forms to enhance efficiency and clarity for upcoming events
- Creating evaluations to use for the NAR mandated requirement
- Creating guidelines and written information for incoming leaders
- Leadership training
- Working directly with leadership teams