At the State Fall Board Meeting, Past State President Beth Barzdukas had each member on the Membership Team present a different tab on the International website. From the stage, I could see the paper where she had listed each member's part. Maybe she assigned the parts, maybe the members each chose, but either way, Beth involved every single member. Juana Hajek is on the Membership Team as well, yet Beth gave Juana the freedom to present individually on expansion. That's part of empowerment too--allowing each member to participate at her own level. Sometimes that means gathering the info and handing it to her. Sometimes it means leaving her to her own devices to create.
Juana also modeled empowerment by beginning her presentations with questions to get the audience on it with her. To start her inspiration, Juana asked, "Have you ever felt like quitting?" With one simple question, she had me. Then, later, in her expansion presentation, she had us all raise our hands indicating where our Chapters are. By using questions to invite our participation, Juana empowered us to think about her topics and join in. As leaders and presenters, we can empower those we are growing as leaders by asking provocative questions that allow the growing leaders to come up with their own answers.
Heidi Ragsdale also modeled empowerment with her two interactive map activities. After we had stood delightedly barefoot on the map and coned it, she gave us opened-ended questions about what we noticed. This specific type of open-ended questions empowers students (and teachers, and DKGers alike!) to be the experts, to find our own voices, to draw our own conclusions. Once we engage in determining insights, we are more empowered to act upon those of ourselves and our sisters. Next, Heidi modeled how to put our Chapters on the map by posting a photo. Much like Beth showed us where to find information, Heidi showed us what to do with it. This act of showing, not telling or doing, but showing someone how to is a great way to empower leaders.
Past Personal and Professional Pride Chair, Linda Pitts also modeled a method of empowerment which I am trying to emulate. As leader of a Committee that had no direction from State or International documents, Linda collected information and created a notebook which offered the next Team Leader a place to start. As State President, I am keeping a record of what I do when, complete with some tips about some of the processes I've used to complete tasks. I'm not talking about the Chapter President's calendar--which is a great help in telling us what to do. I'm trying to include how to do it. No one expects the next leader to do things exactly the way the previous one did, but having a how to manual gives the new leader a place to start.
Think about how leaders you know empower other leaders to grow into leadership positions. Then think about how you can empower others to lead at Chapter, State, and even International levels of DKG. Take a moment to read the monthly Leadership Tips from Dr. Trish on this website. Think about my Omega State goal: We're growing leaders; We're growing as leaders. Join conversations about how we're growing in our leadership and how we're growing others. Thank you all for modeling leadership styles and helping me grow!