Being a GREAT Officer
Passing the Torch
Serving as a DECA officer is both a rewarding and humbling experience. As an officer, there are so many opportunities for you to grow as a leader, network with business professionals, and make an impact within your chapter.
While we are in the midst of DECA competition season, we also have to think about the future of our chapters. Many chapters will be electing new officers in the next few months. If you are currently an officer who is turning over your position, the best thing you can do to better your chapter is to pass on your knowledge to the your successor.
Keep a Log
Keeping a binder or journal throughout your term will serve two purposes. First, it will keep you organized; there will always be a home for important documents, forms, and memos. Second, it will become a cumulation of resources for the next officer. The next officer will be able to refer to your binder throughout the year as a guide. If you want to add a personal touch to the binder, write a nice letter to the future officer to include. I wrote a letter to the incoming Recording Secretary when I was a chapter officer, and it set a nice tone for the beginning of his term.
Everyone needs help along the way with their officer position. It is important to be available to the next officer in case he or she has questions during his or her term. If your chapter turns over leadership positions prior to the end of the year, dedicate time to mentor your successor. They will greatly appreciate the time you take to help refine their skills.
Passing the torch to the next officer may an emotional time (let’s face it… we all love our officer positions!), but taking the appropriate steps to prepare the next officer will make the transition smooth and exciting for the next year.