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Quiz: Rate Your Leadership Skills

Take the quiz to see what your strengths are as a leader and determine which skills could use some work.

Free Leadership Guide
PTO and PTA New Leader Kit

New Leader? No Problem

All the know-how you need to be an effective and successful parent group leader, including tips for managing difficult people.

Leadership

Your Toughest Leadership Challenges Tackled

We asked and you told us—here’s what leaders say are the key ways to strengthen leadership skills.

Challenges

How To Deal With Difficult People

Whiners, Know-It-Alls, and Steamrollers: Strategies to cope with even the most hard-to-take personalities.

Communication

Polish Your Delegation Skills

Doing it all yourself leads to burnout—and isn't good for your parent group, either.

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Balancing PTO and Personal Life

It can be challenging to find balance. But a little strategy, a little organization, and a lot of support from friends and family go a long way.

Expert Guide

Leader's Toolkit

Information on getting organized, getting your group focused, communicating with parents, and more.

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Prevent Burnout in Your PTO

Learn how to recognize the signs of burnout in your volunteers, how to eliminate it, and how to keep it from happening again.

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Free Leadership Resources for PTOs and PTAs

Learn from leadership experts while you’re on the go or even doing chores around the house.

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From Controversy to Consensus

How you lead the decisionmaking process can mean the difference between a harmonious outcome or an acrimonious fight.

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Are You a Leader or a Manager?

Good leadership and effective management call for different skills. Depending on the situation, you'll need to decide which of those skills to employ.

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Visibility: A Leadership Challenge

You've done the work—do people know about it? Getting your group's name and message out to a wide audience, in the right way, is an essential part of success.

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Public Speaking: Overcome the Jitters

Some advance preparation and a few best practices will help your next presentation go smoothly despite any butterflies.

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Managing Personality Conflicts

Minimize conflict with insight into how different personality styles work best.

Video Series

Video: 8 Habits for Successful PTOs and PTAs

Expert advice and practical tips on how to run a successful PTO or PTA, in a nine-part video keynote by Tim.

Video Series

Video: 6 Reality Checks for PTO and PTA Leaders

Key points for super-involved leaders who want to get parents on their side.

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What I Wish I Knew

We asked our Facebook community what they wish they’d known before becoming a PTO leader. Here’s what they had to say.

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Building a Leader Network: Help Is All Around You

When you need help and support, ask—you might be surprised at the network right in front of you.

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Should You or Shouldn’t You? 10 Questions for Potential Leaders

Are you interested in being a leader? Before you take the plunge, ask yourself these questions.

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When No One Steps Up To Lead

Tips for finding new leaders, even if folks aren’t stepping up.

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Help Prepare New Officers for Success

With good planning and communication, you can help ensure a quick and easy leadership transition.

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Becoming a Great Leader

Even if you have no experience, you can be an effective leader. Just play to your strengths.

Challenges

A Key To Avoiding PTO Burnout: Take a Breather

Remembering to give yourself a break is essential to the long-term success of your group.

Leadership

6 Ways To Be a Successful Leader

Quick tips for leadership success.