PTA Leaders

Teamwork and Collaboration

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.”



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