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​​​​​​​​​Leadership Tools​

​​​​The following information is provided to APS Committees to help you get oriented with APS ways of working and the tools provided to support your leadership role within APS. If you have any que​stions​, please contact APS ​staff member Linda Schmitt or one of the Councilors-At-Large

Leadership Development

The APS Leadership Institute approach to leadership development will focus on:

  • ​Connecting action to the APS Strategic Plan
  • Facilitating smoother transitions in committee leadership
  • Increasing committee engagement year-round
  • Providing a platform through which committee chairs and vice chairs can interact more directly

Upcoming Events

Vice Chair Onboarding for 2023-24

We’re kicking off the leadership training sessions hosted by the APS Leadership Institute with our Committee Vice Chair onboarding. There are two session offerings, in each session you’ll learn how to lead strategically and what the role of a vice chair is. Sessions are moderated by Jim Meffert from Tecker International. 

Sign up for one of the two session offerings: 
  • ​​September 27, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT
  • September 28, 2023 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CDT 

​On Demand video from these sessions will be posted to this page following the event.​

    Committee Orientation 

    2023 Leadership Development Series: Personal Leadership, Self Assessment, Reflections

    2022 Leadership Development Series

    • APS Strategic Plan Update and Tactics

    • Leading APS Subject Matter Committees​

      • Presentation PDFs & On-Dema​nd Video​

    2021 Leadership Cohort Series:

    • Topic Area 1: Roles & Responsibilities: Connecting to the APS Strategic Plan, Delegation as Chair - leading, managing, identifying/mentoring next leaders 

    Online Community Demo

    Community ​Toolkit

    • APS Online Community Demo

    ​Quick Links

    Governance/Ways of Working within APS​

    Forms and Tutorials


    Recognize Excellence

    APS regularly honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the science of plant pathology. These awards are given annually and presented at the APS Annual Meeting. APS Members are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the various APS Awards and nominate someone whom you feel deserves special recognition.