The National Governance Committee believes there are benefits to be gained by being a Vincentian leader. Consider these:
- Leaders have a unique opportunity to grow in their own spirituality.
- Leaders are in a unique position to provide help to those in need.
- It is through leadership that our efforts are organized.
- In order to be effective our efforts must be organized.
- Leadership provides the opportunity for a member to learn firsthand what it means to be a Servant Leader.
An appreciation for Servant Leadership is important as is an overall understanding of the Society and its leadership. These can be gained in various ways, such as:
- Attending Invitation for Renewal
- Participating in an Ozanam Orientation formation program
- Attending a Governance Training presentation
- Discussions at new Council President or new Executive Director workshops
- Incorporating them into the agendas for Regional or Council meetings
- Developing outlines for use at (Arch)Diocesan and District Council meetings
- Promotions at Regional meetings
- Utilizing the Vincentian Pathways program
- Considering the Hayes Leadership Institute course at DePaul University**
A part of Succession Planning should involve beginning the election process for Council and Conference presidents at a much earlier date than we’ve done in the past. This can be addressed by either amending bylaws or setting up a procedure to begin the nomination process about one year before a sitting president’s term expires and holding the election about six months before the newly elected president’s term begins.
When new presidents are elected up to six months before their terms begin, the question becomes what role they play during the interim period. A list of recommended activities and reading material is linked below.
A prayerful approach to the succession-planning process is strongly encouraged in keeping with the paramount importance of spirituality in the Society.