A Recipe for Leadership Success

By: Ali Norman

In late 2015, Junior League of Indianapolis members were asked to participate in a triennial survey to help shape the future of the League. It was the first time in recent history that we have taken on such a large survey, but the project was an important one, as we knew the data would be valuable for strategic League planning.

If you were not able to fill out the survey, a variety of questions were asked, including where members live, do for work, when they have availability, prefer to attend meetings, and more. However, some of the most valuable data came from sections asking why members decided to join the Junior League.

Top answers from Active members included:

  • Chance to make good friends (77%)
  • Chance to make good connections (70%)
  • Access to a broad range of volunteer opportunities (67%)
  • Opportunity to do more or better volunteer work than I could on my own (61%)

Top answers from Provisional members included:

  • Chance to make good connections (83%)
  • Chance to make good friends (81%)
  • Opportunity to do more or better volunteer work than I could on my own (76%)
  • Learn more about the community in which I live (74%)

Do you personally identify with one (or maybe a few) of these groups? Did you join the League to make friends? Maybe you were looking to expand your network or wanted to connect with your city in a new way. Regardless, I think it says something about our organization that women in Indianapolis are looking to the Junior League for friendships and the opportunity to build stronger connections with their community.

Other interesting data about our membership included:

  • 75% of our members report to an office setting each day
  • 82% get their daily news updates from social media
  • 94% prefer to do JLI activities on a weekday evening
  • 52% like meeting other League members in their geographic area
  • 67% have spoken with someone about joining the League
  • 93% have a Facebook account
  • 93% prefer to receive info about the League by email (read the League Link!)

As you consider leadership in the League, it can be daunting to think about how others will view your skills or capabilities. But just remember what members value most about our organization: friendship, connection and volunteering. If you keep those 3 things in mind as you work with your committee, you’ll have a recipe for success in your Junior League career. Now get out there and #MakeItMatter!

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