Effective volunteer leaders inspire their committees, and together, they accomplish ambitious goals to ensure the future of rheumatology. Expert consultants shared tips and tools for effective leadership at this year’s ACR/ARHP Leadership Conference, held Jan. 22 in Atlanta.
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“We view your role in the ACR as volunteers to be critical, not only for the success and growth of our organization, but hopefully for your personal success and growth,” said ACR President David Daikh, MD, PhD. To increase membership, revenue and the ACR’s organizational profile, volunteers will lead the way, he said.
Michael Sessions on Effective Leadership
Effective leaders have a clear vision of their objectives, the ability to convey that vision to volunteers, and a plan on how to get there, said psychologist Michael Sessions, PhD, a senior consultant with Turknett Leadership Group in Atlanta.
“If your vision is larger than you alone can accomplish, then you need other people. Leadership is doing more than you can do yourself,” said Dr. Sessions. Your volunteers must view you as accountable. “Attachment to the mission is what drives participation from volunteers. Your ability to lead others is determined by your ability to influence the perspectives and experiences of your team.”