New Titles for District Leaders Starting in 2015

May 6, 2014

At its February meeting the Board of Directors decided (meeting minutes) on new district leader titles that will take effect on July 1, 2015, when the incoming district leaders assume their new leadership roles. They will be the first generation of leaders to carry the new and contemporary district leader titles.

This decision to modernize the district leader titles was based on the findings of a Board of Directors committee studying the competencies required for district leaders to successfully fulfill their roles. As a result of this study, it became clear that titles needed to evolve to better reflect their responsibilities and real-world practice. The new titles:

  • Are more modern.
  • Accurately reflect the focus and responsibility of each role.
  • Are more familiar to potential members.
  • Create a parallel between district leadership and leadership in the corporate and volunteer sectors.
  • Reflect the level of leadership required in each position.

The updated titles will apply to the elected and/or appointed district leader positions for the 2015-2016 program year. Leaders holding district roles prior to July 1, 2015, will retain their current titles.

This change is a positive step for Toastmasters International and is in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan objective to modernize the programs with a renewed focus on leadership.

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