Office of Student Activities & Involvement


Transitions must be well-informed and positive for everyone involved in order to be effective. An effective transition is important to keep the group running smoothly. Outgoing leaders must realize that they have a personal and lasting impact on the organization and that not taking the time to educate the new leadership will leave the new leaders confused and will hurt the organization. The key to a smooth leadership transition is transitional leadership, which calls upon current leaders to focus on the preparation of their replacements by reflecting on their own tenure as organizational leaders.

 Four major steps in a leadership transition:

  1. Selection of the incoming leader.
  2. The identification and organization of all the information a new leader may need about the organization and their position.
  3. The transmission of that necessary information to the incoming leader in a concise and readable form.
  4. The replacement of the outgoing leader with the incoming leader.

​Some Things to Include for the New Leadership: 

  • Names and contact information for members as well as advisors and community contacts.
  • Original copies of any forms, schedule sheets or training materials/handouts you may use with your members.
  • Original copies of any flyers, advertisements, handbills, or other recruitment tools.
  • Notes on past history of your program—including any press you may have received from campus or local newspapers.
  • Personal notes and observations from the past year indicating what worked well and what was problematic throughout the course of the year.

​From the Bonner Curriculum 

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.