FIVE SKILLS YOU ENHANCE THROUGH A HECMA LEADERSHIP POSITION
According to Susan Steinbrecher, Leadership Consultant and Author:
“Stepping into any leadership position takes courage, motivation and a healthy measure of emotional intelligence. If you choose to do so, this might require expanding your capacity to lead with empathy and authenticity. Occasionally, great leadership may require pushing yourself outside a familiar comfort zone.
Are you cut out to effectively take on a leadership role? The following traits are true signposts of a wise and more collaborative form of leadership:
#1. Being a Good Listener.
It's no coincidence that "listen" and "silent" represent an anagram. Effective leaders listen to understand, pause before speaking, are fully present in a conversation and have a knack for picking up nonverbal cues.
#2. Possessing Moral Courage.
Simply put: Do the right thing even when it might be easier or faster not to. Trust that taking the ethical path always pays off in the long run.
#3. Asking Better Questions.
Significant and meaningful insight can be gleaned by asking thoughtful questions. A leader acquires a tremendous amount of information from asking questions and talking less. This approach will also win the hearts of association and committee members,* as you’ll be viewed as a leader who understands the perspectives of others and cares enough to ask for association members'** opinions.
#4. Offering Support.
Serve those you're leading not the other way around. Part of your job as a leader is to remove barriers to success by observing what might be standing in the way of employees' achieving their goals. Be able to determine how you can facilitate their progress without eliminating their accountability.
#5. Relinquishing Control.
There are times when seizing the reins is appropriate, but on other occasions letting go can be invaluable. By relinquishing control, you empower association and committee members** and create opportunities for them to build confidence and self-esteem and become engaged.”
*original text: “employees” **original text: “staffers”
*** Susan Steinbrecher, (2/3/2015) Develop These 5 Skills to Become a Tremendous Leader, for Entrepreneur.com, article#242477 retrieved on Friday, February 26, 2016. http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242477
Those of you who are able to attend this year’s Roundtable will have the fortune of learning from the experts within our ranks about a variety of topics. We will be featuring some abstracts in the weeks leading up to the Roundtable to give you a better idea of the wonderful sessions you can attend.
This week we are pleased to share abstracts for our two highlighted sessions; panels featuring experts to talk with our attendees about student homelessness and post-incident response. We look forward to seeing you in June!
FEATURED PANEL: Case Management Reflections on Post-Incident Response
Universities and colleges continue to adapt to a changing national landscape in which terrorism and active shootings have become an unfortunate norm impacting our campuses. Our panelists will share the role case management played in responding to the community effect of the Isla Vista and Chattanooga shootings, the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, and the foiled campus massacre at the University of Central Florida. Panelists will share lessons learned and offer suggestions for preparing for similar emergencies in your community.
FEATURED PANEL: Addressing Student Homelessness on a College Campus
Student homelessness on a college campus is a growing problem. Student homelessness on college campuses is a growing problem across the nation. The University of Central Florida has cultivated a multi-disciplinary approach to help best serve the needs of students centering on case management and the Homeless Student Committee. Participants will learn about case management of homeless students from start to finish including: the student of concern process, financial aid and student account procedures, key partnerships on campus, and how to build support for your office. Initiatives and future directions for this population will also be discussed in this panel presentation.
The HECMA Leadership Team and the Conference Planning Group believe these panels will enrich not only our conference experience but also enhance and inform our work. We are thankful for the willingness of our panelists to share their wisdom and strength.
Katherine C. Zilmer
Membership & Conference Chair
FIVE REASONS TO RUN FOR A HECMA LEADERSHIP TEAM POSITION
#1. You've got Talent.
The strengths and talents you possess are an excellent fit for HECMA at this point in its growth. HECMA Leadership is a great way to not only expand the skills you possess but develop new abilities that will enhance your value to the profession and your college or university.
#2. You are a Role Model.
HECMA Leadership is a way to bring your years of combined experience in, and maybe out of, higher education to the benefit of others. Your commitment and passion for the field of higher education case management is part of the thoughtful leadership and mentorship you will be able to share with others locally, regionally and nationally.
#3. You can Make a Difference.
Being part of an association that is influencing the professional development and best practice of a burgeoning field in higher education can be pretty heady stuff. And immensely satisfying. Running for an elected position also raises your profile and that of your institution, which can help you engage stakeholders and influencers on your home court.
#4. You are a natural Ambassador.
Being a part of the HECMA Leadership Team means building new friendships and relationships with peers across North America. The Association thrives when successful networks among peer associations, national professional groups, and like-minded corporate affiliates are developed.
#5. Leadership Team is Fun.
Taking on a leadership role at the national level will not only be challenging, but will help you grow in new ways; both as a person and a leader. Regular work with energized colleagues (both on leadership and in committees) enhances your individual work, your network of support, and your sense of irony and humor. The friendships formed through this group are life changing and long lasting.
It's hard to believe, but we are deep into the planning of our 8th annual Roundtable! Because we have a significant number of new HECMA members, we will be sharing information about the Roundtable every few weeks via our blog. Please check back frequently for new and updated information!
This week, we are pleased to feature the Roundtable by numbers:
Please remember that space is limited for both pre-conference sessions and the campus tour so if you are planning to take advantage of one of them, be sure to register soon!
Let us know if you have any questions and we hope to see you in Orlando!
Katherine C. Zilmer
Membership & Conference Chair