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RESOURCES: Chapter Leadership
By becoming a Psi Chi member, you have already proven your academic ability in the field of psychology. To add an element of leadership to your educational experience, you are now encouraged to serve as an officer at your local chapter. Holding any officer position in your chapter provides real-world, hands-on opportunities to lead fellow psychology members in bettering themselves and their community.

Officers in Psi Chi
• organize events,
• manage people,
• participate in service projects,
• develop leadership skills, and
• may apply for specific awards.

Just imagine how becoming an officer could assist you in building your resumé while you are still in school. Future employers love to see individuals who show sound leadership skills and have dedicated themselves to a worthwhile cause. Becoming an officer will also help you to develop into a strong individual with the ability to inspire others through confidence, integrity, and communication skills that you can be proud of.

Would You Like to Learn More About Becoming an Officer?

Before contacting your current chapter officers or faculty advisor, you can view a concise list of Officer Roles to see which position you might be best suited to fulfill. As Psi Chi President Maria Lavooy (2013–14) says, “Leadership has many faces. What leadership style will you employ to create a positive and lasting impression for your chapter?”

Related Psi Chi Articles

Psi Chi Officers Can Develop the Skills Employers Seek
Dava Stewart

Producing Tomorrow’s Leaders—In Psychology and Everything Else
Robert J. Sternberg, PhD (Yale University, CT)

Building a Strong Officer Team
Susan Becker, PhD (Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Vice-President, 201115;
Mesa State College, CO)

What Role Will You Play?
Maria Lavooy, PhD (Psi Chi Past-President 2013–14; Florida Institute of Technology)

How to Revitalize (or Energize) a Psi Chi Chapter 
Laura Flores Shaw (University of Massachusetts–Boston)

Visit Psi Chi's online Publication Search for additional "Leadership" articles.




What does being a leader mean for you?

Florence L. Denmark, PhD
Psi Chi President, 1978–80

“Psi Chi members and leaders in the past not only coped with change, but they helped to direct it as you will do. Because of your aspiration and achievement of excellence, you are encouraging and stimulating others to reach beyond mediocrity, which in turn leads to change in the way people behave and feel about themselves and others. Your challenge today is to build on this legacy and to expand your influence in advancing change for the betterment of people around the world.”

Kay Wilson Leadership
Award Winner Essays

Judah Butler
Central Connecticut State University
Edward Bartels
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Samantha Patterson
Belmont University, TN









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