Being a leader can take over both your identity and your time. While you are a leader people look to you for guidance and decision-making. You spend your time in meetings and events, planning and organizing. So what do you do when your time as a leader comes to an end? Who are you within your organization and what do you do with your newfound free time? Here are the best tips for transitioning out of your official position.
Be available. Your knowledge and experience can be really valuable to your successor. New leaders may come to you with questions or seeking advice. If they are asking for your help don’t be afraid to lend a hand!
Show up. You might be feeling burned out, but your presence is still important. Staying involved with your organization or chapter sends a powerful message to other members who will still look to you as a role model. This is your chance to enjoy events and meetings without the stress of planning them.
Become a mentor. There is a popular leadership quote that states, “Great leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” Developing meaningful relationships with other members can ensure that your chapter continues to have strong leadership in the years to come.
Explore new opportunities. The leadership skills you gained during your tenure puts you in an excellent position to expand your horizons and get involved with another organization, student group or even a new job. Update your résumé and get out there!
Your decisions and actions post-leadership are just as impactful as they were while you were holding a position. Your organization still needs you to be a leader; your role just looks different. Once a leader, always a leader!