If you have ever been elected, appointed or promoted to a new leadership position your first question might be, “What now?” When navigating any new position it helps to have a game plan to get you started off on the right track. Put a check in each of the boxes below to ensure a successful start.
☐ Say hello. New leaders can sometimes spend so much time making sure they are doing the right things that they forget to do the most important thing: build relationships. Getting to know members of your chapter or the people you work with should be at the top of your to-do list.
☐ Break out your calendar. Add in all important dates, events or meetings that pertain to your new position. Planning well in advance will ensure that you are meeting all of your obligations and duties. Don’t forget to pencil in some fun as well!
☐ Complete your homework. Make sure you are aware of all resources and training materials. Read, read and then read some more. The better prepared you are the more confident you will be in your new role.
☐ Update your résumé. Add your new title and experience to your résumé so it is ready the next time you need it.
☐ Subscribe. Identify a few sources of leadership inspiration online and subscribe to them. Blogs, websites and newsletters are a great place to start. We like Levo, Career Girl Daily and of course, REAL Leadership Online.
Bonus! Be sure to check out GammaPhiBeta.org/Download to score the free printable to-do list pictured above to make your own leadership checklist!