Association leadership is a vocation; it is a profession; and for an increasing number of people, it is a career choice. It is a craft which requires a complex mix of skills, knowledge, and experience, dexterously combining knowledge of association culture, structure, and politics, with expertise in strategy, advocacy, and corporate governance. The days of “I’ve done it, so I can run it” are long gone.
A new generation of association professionals are progressing their careers through association management, and as they work towards or progress through their c-suite roles, it is imperative that they possess an understanding of the qualities and competencies that are necessary for success as associations’ senior leaders. In response to our strategic objectives of ‘Professional Advancement’ and ‘Professional Excellence’, the IAL are thrilled to introduce Compass, a multidimensional systems map of the core skills, knowledge, behaviours, and characteristics required to lead successfully in the association sector.
Join us on 14th September for a special edition of the IAL Forum where architects of the systems map, Marie Garnett and Simon Forrester, will navigate an exclusive first-look at the structure and themes of Compass.