- Leaders should lead not hold groups back
With all the networking I’ve been doing to jumpstart my social media consulting business, I’ve attended several group meetings to see which ones are worth joining, which ones give me the best bang for my buck.
I’ve been a member of a certain group (which will remain nameless) for a year. I’ve decided not to renew my membership because this group is stuck in the 90s. And it’s partly the fault of the leader. She doesn’t have time or the will to learn and get into modern technology and social media. Their newsletter system is outdated. They don’t have any online groups and no way to share information between members. Even their website is passe and not optimized. It uses too many graphics that search engines don’t see.
I tried to nudge them into the 21st century and all I got was resistance. Only 4 members were interested. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.
Another group I visited over 2 years ago and then again last month. It hasn’t grown in 2 years. It’s a business group and the leader is a teacher. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but there’s no incentive to network to grow a business.
Here are the characteristics of a good group leader:
- A good leader must be a visionary
- A good leader must embrace new technology
- A good leader must evolve with changing times and not live on tradition for tradition’s sake
- “But we’ve always done it that way!” – No!
- A good leader must have an open mind to accept ideas from other visionaries in the group
- A good leader must accept constructive criticism and change accordingly
- A good leader must not be afraid of change
- A good leader doesn’t take the position because no one else will
- A good leader is not just there to run meetings
- A good leader recognizes when to step aside and let someone else take the reigns
A group that doesn’t change with the times will die off. They’ll get visitors, but no one will join. If they do join, they’ll leave after a little while.
Not everyone is born or meant to be a leader and it’s ok if you’re not meant to be a leader, but don’t take the group down because of pride or selfishness.
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