GRETA’S TIPS: You need leadership … and meeting agendas

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Greta Lint

GRETA’S TIP: Let’s talk leadership. It’s a buzz word that never seems to go away. We hear about it on the news, at the water fountain, in the bathroom, at the supper table and in the bedroom.

I think we all agree there are different levels of leadership, some good, some bad.

Recently, I felt like I was on the set of the TV show, “Big Bang Theory.” I was at a meeting were attendees were all computer geeks. The non-profit has been around for 5 years, but some members complained because of the lack of membership and income growth.  I could quickly see why.

Sometimes organizations, such as churches, civic clubs, non-profits and the like, develop a strong introverted personality. All discussion and activity is focused upon the current roster with no energy for expanding it or the budget.

If you want to have a closed group of people who share a common interest, that’s OK. Cliques do serve a purpose, although I’m unsure what it is.

But if you’re a member of an organization wanting to grow, then you have to make it happen. “Walk the talk,” as the saying goes.

Here are some pointers …

Elect a leader who has vision, energy, desire and time to do the job. So often, the main chair falls upon the person who says, “OK, I’ll do it” and nothing ever happens. If this sounds familiar, go outside of your organization to find someone who can take the gavel.

Group members should allow the leader to be one — and pony up energy, desire and time to support the vision.

A great leader should delegate. That means that members need to be willing to do their assignments.

A fantastic leader makes members feel like being involved and going overboard. (That holds true for the best boss in the world.)

Successful leaders seek partnerships and opportunities, leveraging them for building awareness, expanding membership and increasing the coffers.

Oh, there are volumes of pointers for good leadership skills and how to run an organization. I’ll never live long enough to read them all. But the message is clear — a leader can either kill an organization or make it thrive.

GRETA’S TIP: In 1969, The Poppy Family from Canada sang, “Which way you going, Billy? Can I go, too?”

Like so many others of the time, the lyrics spoke of a future — an agenda for life.

What about an agenda for a civic group, a corporate committee or a town council meeting?

You would be surprised the number of organizations which don’t have one. The lack of it leads to chaos, arguments, failures, resentment and long, boring meetings.

Leaders need to have a good agenda to allow for productive meetings to occur.

Simply listing old and new business doesn’t cut it for me. The agenda needs to actually list topics to be discussed and actions to be taken.

For example, one local city council agenda includes a list of topics to be

discussed, items to be voted upon and recognitions to be made. Another local town council agenda isn’t as clear, paving the way for potentially rowdy meetings where very little is accomplished.

Agendas don’t need to be complicated. Simple ones work well, but they need to include pertinent information.

They form the infrastructure for an organization to conduct business. A good leader needs to ensure that such a document is created, with thought, and is properly followed.

If not, the entire organization can benefit from some basic training. Hey, we’re never too old to learn, right?

GRETA LINT, president of Greta’s Promotions & Strategies, Inc. offers more business and marketing ideas at, an educational blog used in classrooms worldwide.

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