Leadership Development Chair

Region VIII Leadership Development Chair


  • Encourage and facilitate development of members into new leaders, and the movement of leaders from state to regional and national positions.
  • Serve as a communication link between the national LDC committee and the state LDC chairs.

  • 3 years, beginning in the second year of the Regional Director’s term
  • Maximum number of terms allowed: n/a

  • ASCLS Professional or Emeritus membership and reside in Region VIII
  • Recommended experience that would be helpful to someone holding this office:
    • Previous regional position.
    • Previous state president experience is very helpful.
    • State LDC experience or Regional Director experience very helpful.

  • Mentor state LDCs in all states in the region to carry out their position.
  • Provide resources to assist the state LDCs and state presidents in recognizing and encouraging more members to become leaders in the organization.
  • Provide feedback to the national LDC about state and regional LDC activities and issues.
  • Reports to: Region VIII Director, national LDC Chair or committee member
  • Other duties performed:
    • Special projects that encourage leadership development such as New Member forums, Keys to the Future appointments, leadership training opportunities.
    • Make recommendations for nominations or appointments to leadership positions .
    • Participate in Council activities

  • Meeting attendance &Travel requirements: Attend at least two (out of three) Region VIII Council meetings per year – Jackson (during IMSS), spring video conference, or national meeting site (summer)
  • Reports: Fall, Spring, Final reports to Regional Director
  • Deadlines: as assigned by Regional Director
  • Average time commitment: Approximately 4-6 hours per month
  • Financial considerations: Travel expenses and registration costs to IMSS and/or national meeting

  • Mentors: National LDC committee members, Regional Director, other regional or national leaders
  • Materials: Region VIII Guidelines, LDC committee materials
  • Helpful Hints & suggestions: Computer, e-mail very helpful.
  • Give lots of praise and recognition to volunteer leaders at all levels of the organization. The 3 most important messages to give to new leaders are “You can do it”, “I am here to help you succeed”, and “You are important”.

  • Contributions to the profession: Enhance the continuity of leadership that is essential to the continuation of the Society, improve communication within the organization and the profession
  • Skills developed/enhanced: Delegation, recognition, mentoring, communication, marketing
  • Contacts / networking opportunities: Meet and develop relationships with colleagues throughout Region VIII and at the national level
  • Travel opportunities: Jackson and site of national meeting.

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