7 Helpful Tips for Upcoming Chapter Officers

1. Establish measurable goals: both for you personally, and for your chapter. 

As a team, the first thing you will need to do is establish your goals for the chapter. In order to achieve success, your team needs to be on the same page. Ask questions like, “What do you want to accomplish by the end of the year?” On a monthly occasion, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your team as well as the progress that has been made with your goals. Individually, this position is also an opportunity could help you develop as a leader. Goals are there to let you know that there is progress; they work to help you improve. Your team may have the passion, but now it needs purpose.

2. Take the time to get to know your fellow chapter officers.

While this may be an often, overlooked step, it is important that you take the time to learn more about the members on your team. As you will all be working together toward a common goal, a shared vision in your term, getting to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses will greatly benefit the team.

3. Place emphasis on communicating as a team.

When working as a team, communication prevents the most common mistakes from occurring. Often times, a lack of communication creates confusion within a team, leaving each member working towards different directions. When a plan has been set, make sure to clarify the details, ensure everyone is on the same page, and occasionally connect and update one another on progress.

4. Model the way and be professional.

With your DECA blazer comes great responsibility. Remember to maintain professionalism. As a DECA chapter officer and a DECA member, in general, you are a representation of DECA. Make sure to think about the long-term consequences of your actions.

5. Despite the title you hold, remember you are part of a team.

While many DECA chapters hold elections for office differently, it is important to remember that you are part of a team. When you decide to run for office, you are making a commitment. If the position you hold is not necessarily the one you first desired, it is still an opportunity that will help you grow and develop as a leader. Keep open-minded. While you may have your own individual responsibilities, remember you are still part of a team, working to accomplish goals you have all set for your chapter.

6. A tip we all know and love: manage your time, especially with your Nevada DECA campaigns!

With every assignment, create your own deadlines. By creating a plan, it will be a lot easier to get assignments accomplished. While some may enjoy the adrenalin that comes with completing tasks last minute, there comes a point where the stress becomes overwhelming. Creating your own deadlines gives you the time to check over your work and possibly improve it.

7. Make sure to create a positive atmosphere, one of evident encouragement and respect. 

Continue to find ways to encourage morale within your chapter! Icebreakers, scavenger hunts, competitions, etc., are all ways that can keep your chapter involved throughout the year. As for your chapter officer team, creating a positive environment allows both creativity and innovation to thrive. When ideas are needed, each one counts as they can lead you to the final decision. While there may be some flaws in a concept, provide constructive criticism, one aimed to help the individual improve.

Good luck!