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Show Notes:

In episode 7 of D50 After Dark, host Mickey Bennett explores how potential district leaders can focus their efforts to get leadership roles. Kristy Pedersen (District Leadership Committee Chair), Cle Kimble (Area 44 Director), Jyo Pai (New Member Mentor Chair), and Akash Navneeth (Town North Division Director) relate their experiences and offer advice.

 1:09 Kristy explains the careful process of nominating district leaders, underscoring the committee’s role to ensure candidates are qualified. 2:06 There are 9 elected district leaders: 6 division directors, District Director, Program Quality Director, and Club Growth Director (which requires at least 2 candidates). Appointed positions are Finance Manager, Administration Manager, Public Relations Manager, and area directors. All these positions fulfill the leadership credit toward a Distinguished Toastmaster award.

5:14 Jyo describes her role as New Member Mentor Chair, stressing the cooperation and support between the new member and their club. In one-hour monthly sessions, she answers questions by new members and makes suggestions. 6:47 Mickey asks how a member knows when they are ready to step into leadership roles. 7:24 Jyo responds that a member will know when other club members recognize their abilities and ask them about serving as a mentor or an officer. If that does not happen, members can volunteer for roles at conference or training sessions where they can get a taste of leadership.

 9:30 Responding to Mickey’s question about her favorite Path, Cle tells how Team Collaboration prepared her as she ran for Garland City Council. It benefits her job too. 10:30 She recommends that area directors seek support from the previous area director and current division director for resources, contacts, and information. 

 14:05 Akash picks Dynamic Leadership as his favorite Path because it offers speaking and leadership projects that are aligned for his career goals. Akash comments on the difference between area directors and division directors. ADs have a hands-on approach with the clubs. Division directors focus on making sure ADs are meeting their duties and coordinating with district officials to get the support ADs need for the clubs. 

 18:30 To prepare for the division director role, Akash worked closely with the previous division director during the six months before his tour began. 20:41 Jyo applauds this early mentoring and points out that division director candidates can be building a team of ADs even before they are elected. Candidates can talk to (avoid email) potential ADs and set the stage for a successful team the following year. When Jyo was a division director, she met with her ADs every month. She fed them meals and met face-to-face to nurture that relationship. 

 Mickey summed it up, “As an area director you learn how to be a leader, and you learn how to help clubs be successful. As a division director, you learn how to make other people into leaders and how to build teams that work well together.”