Serving as a leader requires a major commitment in time. By moving officers "up the ladder" of leadership, individuals can gain a historical perspective of the organization. Further, it provides an opportunity for others to evaluate the individual's leadership capabilities.

Good leaders:

  • Are able to devote adequate time to the job
  • Work effectively with the association chief staff executive, if one exists
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Are reliable, accountable and proven performers
  • Have a strong interest in non-medical concerns and demonstrated commitment to patient care and well-being
  • Demonstrate understanding of political process and the necessity for political involvement
  • Are interested in sharing knowledge and expertise
  • Participate in community service activities