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Leadership training tips
The Leader Link is written to provide news, insight, and assistance for CWEA's over 275 active leaders. An issue will have several types of articles of interest to a wide cross-section of the leaders and hopefully to the members they serve. 

The Leader Link is a resource for leaders in their leadership training needs, but is far from comprehensive. We rely heavily on the mentorship that our current (and past) leaders provide to those who are starting to develop their skills. 

Contact staff to provide tips for leaders to include here. 

Collected by Chuck Borkman, SARBS: 

  • Almost everyone likes change, and almost no one wants to be changed.
  • Define your personal values, and use them to guide you in leading.
  • Seek counsel from Past Presidents when faced with tough decisions.
  • Focus on the priority issues to ensure success.
  • To be a successful leader you must have an opinion and communicate.
  • If you're not having fun, you missed the point.
  • You can't please all people... sometimes you have to say no!
  • Maintain all of the current practices, policies, and principles - and add one new thing that you can call your own.


  • Prepare, prepare, prepare.
  • Write and distribute the agenda 2 weeks before the meeting.
  • Take notes on what you do - while you do it. Pass the notes on to the person who replaces you.
  • Look ahead for what you will be doing next. 
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. Someone else is probably as confused as you. 
  • Delegate what you can. 
  • Remember the questions you had, and answer them for the next person. 


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