Team Leaders: What makes a good leader?


I was thinking about what it takes to be a River Keeper Team Leader the other day and I started making a list of responsibilities and characteristics in my head. I didn't write them all down, but here is what I can retrieve---please feel free to add your additions, objections, corrections, or ideas to mine.

My list:

1. Know what you are talking about---read the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Factsheet Series (Hint: Bring them with you to the stream) and become very familiar with the Water Action Volunteers Stream Monitoring website. Everything you want to know about water monitoring is on this site.

2. Keep in contact with your team. Keep them informed. Have their eMail addresses and telephone numbers current. Give them all the information they need to get engaged in this activity.

3. Let your team members know that you want them to contact you with questions that they may have about the River Keepers and water monitoring.

4. Be prompt in posting your data on the WAV site. If you don't know how to do it contact Jim Murphy, Mike Schaefers, Rick Fahrenkrug, John Gremmer, or Phil Peterson. This is easy. How easy? I have been doing it for five years. But, I needed somebody like Dick Pollock to help me navigate the waters. But, it is all on the WAV website.

5. Keep your equipment clean and organized. (If you have equipment needs, please contact Rick.)

6. Keep a paper record of all your monitoring. Just start a new file in your cabinet.

7. HAVE FUN WITH THIS! This is not a stressful activity. Get in the water and learn. You are helping preserve your stream for future generations.

What have I left off here? Would someone put a list of "What makes a good team member?"
John Gremmer


Team Members: What makes a good Team Member?


I appreciate John's Team Leader qualities and felt challenged to come up with some answers to his question about what makes a good team member. I have been a team member in previous years and have watched and learned from those whom I have seen demonstrate the required skills with passion. It is a wonderful thing to see people take lead on important subjects such as our environment and be willing to share their knowledge. These are just some of the things that pop into my mind as I look back on what I found to be important as a team member. Do please add some of your own.
  1. Learn from each other. Ask questions. I find there to be so much we can learn if we do this together.
  2. Offer to learn each of the six measurements that we collect as RiverKeepers. All are pretty straight forward.
  3. Meet new friends. We all have more in common than we think. Have fun with each other. It is such a privilege to work with such fine people who also want clean waterways.
  4. Arrive on time. Protect yourself from the sun and the bugs.
  5. Learn the names of some of the new bugs that we will be discovering. There are so many of them.
  6. Familiarize yourself with the Water Action Volunteer website. There is a lot of good info out there to give the experience a deeper sense of worth and understanding.
  7. I am excited about my new team. We are making a positive difference for the future and that is the best we can do.
What are some of your thoughts?
Good luck to all the teams this year.
Bob Smaglik