Nurturing ACEP Leadership
The Leadership Development Advisory Group (LDAG) was introduced at the 2011 ACEP Council meeting. Consisting of past ACEP leaders, the LDAG strives to identify young ACEP members with leadership potential and mentor and guide them through their maturation in the college. “The Grid,” similar to that used by the U.S. Army Medical Corps’ active life cycle and utilization, was also introduced (see Figure 1). The Grid serves as a guide, rather than requirements, for those who wish to rise through the ACEP ranks. It lists some of the vital milestones necessary to be a viable and productive council officer or board member.
Prior to the LDAG’s formation, the ACEP Nominating Committee had the onerous task of contacting dozens of individuals to entice them to run for an elected position. This is inherently wrong because a nominating committee shouldn’t influence future leaders, and ideally, the right individual shouldn’t have to be asked to run for a leadership position. He or she should already know when they’re ready. Most importantly, it’s hoped that future leaders will have the tenacity, motivation, and courage to submit their own nomination or to ask their component body to submit the nomination on their behalf.