3 Indispensable Leadership Qualities Necessary for a Dynamic Booster Club

by Michael Garcia on July 11, 2014

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams

Whether you are a Booster Club President, Board Member, Activities Director, Principal or Superintendent, there are certain qualities that can define the success, or lack thereof, within your organization. When electing, hiring or coaching individuals in these leadership positions, consider the following attributes as a reference to ensure that you get the right person in the right place that can generate the most short and long-term success for your school, program or organization. You can also grade yourself out on these qualities to see where you are meeting or exceeding expectations and where some potential opportunities may exist.

If there are other qualities that I missed, please comment below to add to the list.

1.  Visionary

When it comes to booster clubs and school leadership, a leader without a forward-looking mentality and goal-setting mindset will lead to failure at best, or mediocrity at worst. A vision-less leader who fails will sooner be replaced versus a vision-less leader who establishes a culture of mediocrity that becomes a systemic issue takes much longer to renovate.

A visionary leader never settles for where they are now, strives to be excellent in all he or she does and requires excellence from all who are following. Knowing when to take the lead and also knowing when to delegate to others’ expertise is another key attribute for visionary leadership. Understanding the organization’s needs, both today’s and tomorrow’s, and getting the right people in the right positions to meet those needs can take your booster club and school to the next level.

  1. Self-Evaluator

As John Wooden said, “Without proper self-evaluation, failure is inevitable.” Being your own biggest critic and taking the time to regularly examine your booster club or organization’s practices and procedures is essential for growth and sustained success. Every day and every meeting you and your organization are either getting better or getting worse. Aim to become the best possible booster club and organization that you can be, and that means self-evaluating and opening the door to new and improved processes and ideas.

  1. Inspire and Ignite

Providing inspiration and motivation to your booster club and organization is a cornerstone to sustained success. Great leaders do this by setting the example and living what they preach in their own lives which, in turn, ignites the imagination and resolve of those following to take complete ownership in driving for the best results. Whether it is parents, coaches, kids, or staff members, inspiration can make the seemingly impossible become possible and the unattainable, realistic.  

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