Hi Florida DECA! With DECA Month coming to an end, we can see that there is a lot more to leadership than what meets the eye. Good communication skills, trustworthy respectful, and passionate are some of the qualities needed to be a great leader. Another important quality that so many people overlook is caring.
Caring is a necessary quality of a leader. As a leader, you want every single member that walks into your chapter to feel that they are important, that they belong, and you are happy they are there. Leaders that care for all of their members get more respect and motivation from their members. A few tips on how to show that you care are to welcome members, smile, remember names, get to know your members, and make them a part of our DECA family!
At the end of my sophomore year, I traveled to Washington DC for the Summer Officer Leadership Training. I was one of three chapters in attendance that were not state officers, and was the only one that came alone. However, as soon as I walked into that conference, Claire Cloker, the National DECA President at the time, made me feel that I was important, that I belonged, and that she was happy I was there. She changed that conference for me, and because of her great caring quality, it motivated me to run for state office.
Leaders possess a lot of influence on how much a member wants to be a part of DECA.
I cannot wait to see all of you at the State CDC! Start studying, and remember Do More than Survive, THRIVE!
Florida DECA Vice President