Running a successful chapter requires many things. For one, you need to know what characteristics good chapters possess so you can build upon their success. Second, you should understand the principles of leadership and apply them to running your chapter. Not only will this increase your ability to take your chapter from point A to point B, having the right skill set will make you much better at spreading the message of liberty on campus, thereby fulfilling your ultimate goal.
If you are running a chapter, or are on a leadership team, I have compiled a list of tips and principles that can help you in your activist adventures. These are the important recommendations I can give you after having the great opportunity and privilege of being the co-founder/president of the Slippery Rock chapter and Pennsylvania State Chair. I want to clarify that though I've practiced some of these principles well, I could have done a better job of following others. I am writing this so that you don’t make the same mistakes and blunders I committed. There are a ton of other handbooks and tips on how to run a chapter, but these are the principles I believe have allowed my chapter to flourish and will hopefully help yours prosper as well.
This is the next chapter in a series of blogs over the next couple months; this is the third installment.
Before going any further, please read and commit to memory the Guide to Build an Effective YAL Chapter to fully understand how to represent your organization on campus. This blog is designed to supplement your master guide, not replace it.
PART THREE: MEMBERS ARE YOUR MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE.
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." ~ Henry Ford
These suggestions are things that you, as a leadership team member, should practice on a daily bases. The following laws of human relations can help you not just in running a chapter, but in whatever you decide to do in life.
Moreover, it is your responsibility to keep your chapter's tank full. NEVER let that tank dip near empty. Below are ways you can keep your chapter energized and ready for whatever challenges come your way during the semester.
Give honest and sincere appreciation.
Never miss an opportunity to sincerely praise someone—whether it’s a member of your group or a chapter president—for their work. Praise is a strong tool that motivates people to perform better. Do you remember when someone sincerely praised your work? What impact did it have on you? Thinking back, who are the people that have motivated you most in your personal life? They are likely the ones who gave you honest, positive words of encouragement. Praise has changed the course of history. It should never be underestimated as a tool for motivating and encouraging people within your chapter and beyond. Remember, the praise you give should be sincere and honest. Don't praise someone just because. Praise is something to be earned, which makes it that much more powerful.