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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

You are not alone

Are you new to a leadership role? Do not struggle on your own. Every potential leader has had a great mentor. Even experienced leaders find it helpful to reach out to a mentor.

Are you a seasoned leader? Mentor the new leader that is filling your position. Someone else is now making the decisions, but your tips and suggestions, given in love, will assist her in feeling confident in filling her new position.

Check out the resources found on the Leadership Development page of the LWML website.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Writing a Report or News Article

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Writing a Report or News Article

As leaders in LWML, we may submit reports for board meetings, articles for newsletters, and other publications. We tend to write an essay of everything that has been accomplished since the last report in paragraph form. Consider these ideas as you write your next report.

  • Use bullets points to provide the status information.
  • When necessary to use paragraphs, each major theme should be a separate paragraph with a subject title.
  • Increase readability by using a single type and size font throughout the report.
  • Observe submission deadlines.
  • Have a friend proof read your report for clarity as well as grammar and punctuation before submission.

Refer to the LWML Style Guide for more assistance.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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The Structure of a Good Agenda

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

The Structure of a Good Agenda

Think back to the most effective event you have ever attended? The leaders were likely prepared, stayed on track, and the time managed efficiently.

A well thought out agenda in a logical order with realistic time limits for each item is key. If you are planning an event where efficiency is important and appreciated, write the time schedule into your detailed agenda and consider designating a time keeper to assist with staying on schedule. Share your agenda with other key participants 2–3 weeks ahead of the event to allow time for additions and discussion. There are several sample agendas in The Planning Zone on the LWML Leadership Development webpage.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Telephone Voice Mail

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Telephone Voice Mail

Sometimes we get so focused on the task at hand we forget to look at our communications through the eyes and ears of the recipient. Here are some tips involving phone conversations and leaving voice mail messages.

  • Begin by giving name, title, and phone number.
  • Speak slowly, especially when giving a phone number.
  • Always include an area code when leaving a message. Our mobile society means that your recipient may have a different area code.
  • Make sure the message is clear and concise.
  • Conclude with repeating your name and phone number.

Did you know the entire 2013 issue of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly was about communication? You can read archives from this issue here.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Email Correspondence

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Email Correspondence

Keep it short and simple. Over half of all emails are now read on mobile devices and the average person spends just 20 seconds scanning an email, so it is imperative to make our messages count.

1. Include LWML in the subject line.

2. Keep the subject line to the point and under 55 characters so it is easily read.

3. Avoid too many images that take excessive time to load. People may give up on your email before it is ever opened.

4. Respond to each email within 24 hours. If you will be unable to check or reply to email for an extended period of time notify key people ahead of time.

5. Remember to sign your full name.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Financial Accountability and Transparency

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Financial Accountability and Transparency

Does your LWML group conduct a financial review at the end of each year? Engage a non-member to look over the financial books and match up receipts. An extra set of eyes can prevent embarrassing and expensive mistakes. It protects you and assures that your financial books are in order. This is true at all levels of our organization.

Additional direction to society/zone/district treasurers and financial secretaries can be found at www.lwml.org. Keeping good financial records is an integral component in the ministry of the LWML group, zone, and district.

Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy (1 Cor 4:2).

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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A Clear Presence on Your Church’s Website

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

A Clear Presence on Your Church’s Website

Does your church’s LWML have a section on your congregation’s website where you can include your local information for Bible studies, servant events, and fellowship opportunities? This is the perfect place to share and invite all women to LWML activities. Here is a sample to get you started.

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All women who attend ____________Lutheran Church, (including seasonal residents, college students, etc.) are welcome and invited to attend our LWML activities.

We gather for Bible study on the ___________(day) of each month at _____ a.m./p.m., in the _________ Room, unless otherwise noted.

You are also invited to the Fall and Spring Events of the __________ Zone, the LWML ________District Convention, and the National LWML Convention. We are here and encourage you to use your God given gifts to His glory. Contact ________(contact person in church) for more information.

For additional information on LWML go to www.lwml.org.

LWML — Lutheran Women in Mission — is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For over 75 years, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions. Lutheran missions around the world are supported through our monthly mite collections and from our fundraisers.

 

If you have a lot of information and activities to share, ask that a link be available on your congregation’s website to a page where you can share Bible studies, servant events, and fellowship opportunities.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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