Dealing with Non-Performing Student Leaders

Occasionally as advisors, you may encounter a non-performing leader. For example, a president does not schedule or attend chapter meetings, the secretary is not publicizing the meetings, or a committee member is not fulfilling his or her duties. Below are some common ways that advisors can resolve this problem:

  • Having a private discussion regarding the problem and restate the expectations of the position.
  • Find out if class or work schedule is the reason for their lack of performance and work with volunteer or officer to find a solution.
  • Give the person an opportunity to step down gracefully if necessary.
  • Find a replacement.
  • Suggesting they transfer to a less visible position.
  • Maintaining the status quo for a year until new leaders are chosen.