How to survive a change to leadership

A leader is someone your group relies on for many things - planning meetings, sending correspondence, bringing in new members, the list goes on. But what happens when that person can no longer lead? Here are some tips to ensure a smooth transition when your group faces a change in leadership!

Keep a game plan
Would just anyone be able to step in to cover for your leader’s tasks? Having documentation on how things are done can make all the difference. This documentation can be as simple or as thorough as you need based on your group, but even a basic outline of what needs to be done to keep the group running over the course of a year will be useful for someone learning the ropes. If your group is using, you can create a message and add attachments specifically for documenting this information!

Review the notes
When bringing in a new leader, they will need to quickly get up to speed on the details of your activities and group interactions. makes it easy to browse past documents like meeting notes, attachments, polls, RSVPs and more. You can even use the search bar at the top of your group to find specific content within any announcement or comment. With quick access to all of this content, a new leader will get a better sense of the group culture and usual flow of information.

Second in command
If a group leader has to bow out, will someone else naturally step up to take charge? By designating a backup ahead of time, you can avoid major disruption should your leader have to step out unexpectedly. allows you to assign multiple administrators, so a second person can already be actively involved behind the scenes and ready to step in at a moment’s notice! Another benefit of designating a second in command is to keep your group’s information from being siloed at one person. Your second in charge can take on some responsibility simply to keep your group’s leader from getting overwhelmed!

Bringing in a new leader can be a challenging but rewarding experience. A new set of eyes can often provide a new perspective, brainstorm new ideas, or provide new solutions to previous obstacles. helps groups do more through better communication and organization. Learn more about how can help your group today!