Training & Transition for Leadership


Leadership Training

Training should be led by the Student Organization Advisor, knowledgeable outgoing officers, and experts on any of the topics below.

Topics may include:

  • Different leadership styles, including the styles of leadership each officer has
  • Communication styles
  • Conflict resolution
  • Team-building strategies
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Time management

Skill-building sessions and exercises may be facilitated by outgoing officers, Student Organization Advisor, and knowledgeable incoming officers.

Topics may include:

  • Programming procedures
  • Assessing member interests
  • Establishing learning outcomes and program evaluations
  • How to conduct meetings, goal setting, writing minutes, preparing agendas
  • Recruitment ideas

The information listed here is a guide for groups to use. As each Student Organization has different goals and objectives, the individual topics may change based upon what the Student Organization needs. If your organization needs help determining how to transition to new leadership, please contact the Manager of Student Life and Leadership Development.

Leadership Transition

Unlike four-year schools, it is necessary for all Student Organizations to have a structured leadership transition process in place to ensure that the students who will be assuming leadership have all the information necessary to continue building upon the Student Organization’s success. A transition process allows student leaders to plan in advance of the coming semesters and not feel rushed or stressed about how to lead the Student Organization. 

The transition process should begin when the Student Organization first starts talking about elections and end several weeks into the new officers’ term. In order to make the process successful, incoming and outgoing officers must know that participation in the transition process is an essential obligation of their role and to the success of the organization. 

The Student Organization Advisor should work with the outgoing officers prior to elections to determine how they will move forward with the transition process. The following information, if applicable, should be a key part of the transition plan: 

  • Student Organization history and organizational calendar
  • Constitution and by-laws
  • Organizational goals and objectives from previous years
  • Officer descriptions, detailed roles, responsibilities, and expectations
  • Manuals, evaluations of previous projects, and programs
  • Previous minutes and reports
  • Resources, Student Organization Advisor, and Manager of Student Life and Leadership Development
  • Information on departments or student organizations that have helped to co-sponsor events
  • Previous programming paperwork and sample flyers
  • Financial records, summary of expenses, and copies of processed vouchers
  • Membership lists with member phone numbers and emails; website, Facebook and Twitter passwords; etc.
  • Update contact information in the Center for Student Involvement