NATIONAL LEADERS ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH CHAPTERS
When members remove themselves from their home base and take up leadership positions at National, they risk getting trapped in a ‘leadership bubble.’ These leaders are natural liaisons between National and its chapters.
But, because they’re no longer ‘average members,’ they should strive to stay in touch with fellow chapter members so they can spot trends, issues, needs, and challenges as they arise.One of the reasons national leaders lose touch is because your leadership culture may not sufficiently value the importance of chapters to the association’s mission.
Another reason: you don’t have a reliable leadership pipeline from chapters to National. Instead, national leaders find their own way by climbing up the leadership ladder without any support from their chapters.
“How can you support leadership development programs at the chapter level that help both National and chapters build a stronger leadership bench?”