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Were you born to lead your BNI chapter?

by Richard Foulkes

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.

These immortal words come from Hall of Fame American football coach Vince Lombardi. In this quote, the belief that true leadership comes through experience, determination, and passion surfaces.

In BNI we need leaders, we change our Leadership Teams every six months, and our new leaders aren’t born, they are made when they join the Leadership Team.

Being on the Leadership Team is an opportunity to learn to lead, to learn about BNI, to give back, to contribute to the chapter’s success and to take your turn.

Carrying on a Legacy

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”- Isaac Newton

Our chapter has been built on the shoulders of the leaders who have gone before. Our new leadership team has the opportunity to build it further, to make it more successful. We can learn from their successes and their mistakes. We honour our past leaders when we step forward.

Enough Already 

Ok, that’s laid it on thick enough. Our leadership team does change on October 1st and right now our President and BNI Director Consultant will be looking for the right team to lead our chapter for the next 6 months. You might feel you are too busy but so is everyone else, or that you don’t have the skills, it is too soon or maybe next time. If you are asked, think seriously: if not you then who.

Being on the Leadership Team increases your Visibility and if you do a good job it increases your Credibility as well as helping everyone by making the chapter more successful.

(Now is a good time to speak of your experience or ask a former President how they enjoyed the role and express how it’s not as time consuming as people might think)

FAQS or Ask for Questions:

• There is training.
• The key roles are President, Vice President, Visitor Hosts, Education, Treasurer, Events, Member Mentor and Social Media Coordinator.
• Not all the team has to change.
• You don’t get paid.
• We don’t have an election; it is by selection, but anyone can also volunteer and put themselves forward for possible selection.


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