Cultivating New Leaders: You Could Be One of Them “People working together … building, sharing, lifting, helping, encouraging … can accomplish anything. The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” —Anne Frank Have you ever thought of talking with a group of leaders from across the country about the most critical issues facing our professions? ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   September 01, 2015
Cultivating New Leaders: You Could Be One of Them
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  • The authors are all past ASHA presidents.
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ASHA News   |   September 01, 2015
Cultivating New Leaders: You Could Be One of Them
The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, 56-57. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.20092015.56
The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, 56-57. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.20092015.56
“People working together … building, sharing, lifting, helping, encouraging … can accomplish anything. The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
—Anne Frank
Have you ever thought of talking with a group of leaders from across the country about the most critical issues facing our professions?
Have you ever wanted to share new ideas and build on the ideas of others?
Have you ever wanted to help move an initiative forward that could make a difference in your ability—and the ability of all communication sciences and disorders professionals—to advocate for communication as a human right achievable for all?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then keep reading. Creating your character as a leader is up to you—with the encouragement of ASHA’s new Committee on Leadership Cultivation.
In early 2013, the ASHA Board of Directors approved the creation of this ad hoc committee to recommend ways to coordinate all leadership development efforts at ASHA. The committee’s work led to the formation of a Leadership Cultivation and Nominations Board (LCNB) to oversee leadership development efforts, cultivate future board members, develop a slate of candidates, conduct elections, and monitor and improve these processes.
As part of the LCNB, the Committee on Nominations and Elections continues to prepare a slate for the board and the advisory councils. In addition, the LCNB’s Committee on Leadership Cultivation has started to focus on leadership development efforts and to cultivate a strong pipeline of diverse, talented, qualified and willing candidates for the ASHA board.
The Committee on Leadership Cultivation is also overseeing efforts to implement 10 key initiatives to enhance ASHA’s leadership development efforts. These recommendations were developed by the ad hoc committee and approved by ASHA’s board:
  • Increase prominence of volunteer opportunities.

  • Educate members about volunteer opportunities.

  • Develop an annual convention event.

  • Centralize ASHA volunteer activities by designing and launching a volunteer cultivation system.

  • Collaborate with other related professional organizations to identify diverse individuals from various work settings who have demonstrated leadership potential.

  • Establish a foundation for the importance of volunteering and a framework for volunteerism.

  • Build a community for early career leaders.

  • Provide a self-assessment of leadership knowledge and skills as part of a leadership training program.

  • Provide tiered leadership training opportunities.

  • Develop a leadership mentoring/coaching program.

The Committee on Leadership Cultivation comprises a small group of ASHA members committed to accomplishing an important task—the development of association leaders.
Our work began with a leadership networking and recruitment reception at the 2014 ASHA Convention. Another is planned for the 2015 ASHA Convention in Denver. We encourage anyone interested in becoming ASHA leaders, now or in the future, to attend this reception and hear from current and past ASHA leaders about the possibilities for accomplishing many things as a leader.
An ad hoc Next Generations Committee, chaired by Reyhaneh Rajabzadeh, is now in place. This committee, composed of professionals who are younger than 30 or who have fewer than five years’ experience, focuses on establishing leadership development initiatives for early-career professionals. They will recommend networking activities and will collaborate with the Committee on Leadership Cultivation to develop training activities specifically designed for this group.
Other efforts are underway to:
  • Collaborate with state organizations to pursue shared opportunities for developing leadership pathways.

  • Review current leadership structures and opportunities.

  • Develop a volunteer leadership guide for enhancing member participation and engagement.

  • Use multimedia and ASHA’s volunteer pages to increase the prominence of volunteer opportunities.

Our committee members will share blog posts about ASHA leaders who have assumed leadership roles in their work settings and who enjoy the benefits: lifelong friendships; opportunities to teach, learn, encourage and guide members to become leaders; and access to leadership training in strategic planning, governance and team building. We will also share the pathway from state association to national association leadership.
As an ASHA leader, you will stretch your thinking, enhance your skills, and expand your professional and world views. Leadership opportunities through ASHA will support the formation of your character as a leader, as a volunteer, as a professional and as a person. Please join us—there is a leader in us all!
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