For PTA Leaders

“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader, they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, but always about the goal.”

– Lisa Haisha

PTA Leadership Qualities

Effective Leadership

Effective leaders cultivate the strengths and talents of their team in order to achieve common goals. A good PTA leader:

  • Should have basic PTA knowledge and a willingness to learn
  • Is willing to attend training opportunities to further understand the organization
  • Believes in people and helps others achieve goals
  • Communicates well orally and in writing
  • Delegates responsibility
  • Is willing to do the job others are unable to do

Knowledge of, and commitment to, PTA positions – A commitment to PTA’s views and beliefs is essential to being a PTA leader.


Good communication skills – Successful leadership also requires excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as active listening allowing you to be more empathetic with others. This includes the ability to offer constructive criticism.

Conflict management skills – An effective leader has the ability to stand back and see what is happening within the group, assure that each member is heard, and not allow anyone to feel alienated or insecure because of another’s ego or ambition.

Critical thinking skills – Critical thinking skills allow leaders to ask the right questions, select relevant data, weigh conflicting information, and determine the right course to follow.

Decision-making abilities – A good leader knows when to determine if additional resources or input is required and when it is time to end discussion and determine a course of action.

Faith in the process – A leader must have faith in the ability of everyday people to work to change school policy, succeed with a ballot initiative and engage in petition campaigns.

Encouragement of others – The true test of leadership is putting the national, state, and local PTA goals before your own. This involves delegating tasks and authority, complementing others, thanking them and sharing credit.

Communication Pledge

Tell me
Tell me first
Tell me in language I understand
Tell me as soon as it is a concern
Tell me privately
Give me time to think before we conclude

Discover valuable resources about leadership – read California State PTA’s Tips for Leaders .