Four Attributes for Recruiting Effective Volunteer Leaders

In my last post, we examined the role of committee chair and its importance in a booster club. A committee’s success will rise and fall with the competency and dedication of its leader. Therefore, it is critical to fill each role with the right volunteer leader.

Last week, I shared how Steve led the Truck & Equipment Committee to unprecedented levels of success. Now, let’s take a look at four attributes that made him so effective in his role. These attributes apply to all committee chairs, regardless of the committee’s area of focus:

  1. Enthusiasm for the extracurricular program. You’ve gotta love it! Passion for the program and the desire to see students succeed is an absolute must. Enthusiasm and passion drive the committee chair’s effectiveness.
  2. Interpersonal skills. This is key. Committee chairs are on the front lines with your parent volunteers. Also, they are often the first in the booster organization to interact with parents on a personal level.
  3. Organizational skills. Committee chairs manage the fine point details for the majority of booster activities and events. Their planning ensures that events come off without a hitch.
  4. Specialized knowledge and/or experience in the field. Get to know your parents and their hobbies, interests, and vocations, then recruit them into the leadership roles where they fit the best. For example, our Concert Committee required specialized skills, so we recruited – and were fortunate to find – a committee chair with practical experience in lighting and sound systems.

Committee chairs are some of the most influential leaders in a booster club. You must be intentional when recruiting for these roles to match the right person to the role. When you do so, you’ll set the groundwork for a thriving booster organization.

In my book, The Booster Leader: 35 Leadership Essentials for a Thriving Booster Organization, I will show you the secrets to recruiting influential leaders. You’ll also see what happens when you empower them to serve to their full potential. The Booster Leader is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.

Question: What attributes do you look for when recruiting committee chairs? You can leave a comment by clicking here.