Office of Student Activities & Involvement

L.E.A.D.E.R. Model for Running Effective Meetings

Lead by Example: Be willing to be the role model. People in leadership positions set the tone for how meetings are run.

Examine the Environment: Understand the group dynamics. An effective leader cannot lead without understanding the organizational culture or the historical composition of the group. This will give the group cohesion.

Acknowledge Strengths: Utilize the talents that volunteers bring into an organization. People, who are asked to do things they enjoy or are talented at, get more out of the organizational experience.

Develop Effectiveness: Exercise consistencies in meetings. Have a reason to meet, set a meeting time, construct an agenda, start and end the meeting on time, get through the agenda, and utilize effective group discussion. Be cognizant of schedules and time restrictions.

Encompass Dynamics: Make meetings more enjoyable by incorporating ‘warm fuzzies’ into meetings. Rearrange agenda items, make creative agendas, and stress relievers are also fun.

Recognize Volunteers: Volunteers make up all organizations. Recognizing their hard work helps to boost organization morale and keeps volunteers committed to the mission of the organization. 

For further assistance with this or any other issue relating to your student Organization, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Activities and Involvement at (989) 774-3016 or visit UC 101.