Teamwork is important in achieving the mission of PTA. All board members need to work together. Being the leader sometimes means surrendering your own wishes and letting the group decide.
- Always remember whatever authority you have comes from the position, not the person. You are the temporary holder of your position of responsibility.
- Remember there is not any single best way to do something.
- Surround yourself with people who are knowledgeable about your organization; the more everyone knows, the better your organization will function and it is also less likely that big mistakes will happen.
- Listen, listen and listen again. Make it easy for people to talk to you.
- Delegate, delegate and delegate. Effective delegation saves time, energy and your sanity. It increases the diversity in approaches. Many need to be asked to join a project.
- Let others assume responsibility, sooner rather than later.
- Empower your team by letting them do their job their way. Give them the ball and let them run with it.
- Trust them to do the job.
- Give credit for accomplishments. No one should doubt they are appreciated.
- Expect competence, but be ready to provide support if needed.
- Remain flexible in your leadership style, no one style works with everyone.
- Respect each other.Model and practice the “communication pledge.”
Tell me first
Tell me in language I understand
Tell me as soon as it is a concern
Tell me privately
Give me time to think before we conclude