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December Leadership Challenge | Leadership Programs


We understand leadership as a collaborative process through which individuals create change in their communities, whether or not they hold a position of authority. Leadership can be learned through reflective experience, and must be practiced to achieve competency and excellence.

Being a leader means:

  • Investing in an area of interest and/or concern
  • Understanding your values, passions, and talents
  • Developing skills to become effective at what you do
  • Having a willingness to take action and becoming engaged

Underlying all of these aspects of leadership at Rochester are our communal principles: fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, respect, and responsibility. These are our shared values that form the pillars of undergraduate student life, and they are infused throughout our leadership programs.

December Leadership Challenge:

Transitioning Executive Boards

Around 20% of student organizations go through executive board transitions between the end of Fall semester or beginning of Spring semester (reported in Student Organization Annual Report 2016-2017). Remember a successful executive board is not only the glue that will hold your organization together from year to year but also the fuel that continues to propel it in a forward direction. A successful eboard transition is neither difficult nor very time-consuming, however if you don’t do it right you can be a struggle next semester.

Here are six leadership lessons for effective transition:

  1. Identify your critical alliances.
  2. Get the right team in place. Quickly.
  3. Secure early wins.
  4. Implement a system of effective communication.
  5. Build and use a balanced advising network.
  6. Shape your vision.

In addition to these lessions take time to reflect with the outgoing leadership. Here are some great questions to ask that can help the incoming officers feel better informed.

  1. What was your best experience in this position?
  2. Name the administrators/staff you found to be helpful in your position.
  3. What did you find most difficult in this position?
  4. Name one thing you wished you knew when you started the position.

Take the time NOW to transition don’t wait until your knee deep in the position. The Mid-Year Leadership Training will have an educational session that dives into tools on how to implements these lessons.

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