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Forum: Strengthening the Lay-Professional Relationship. From a Lay Leader's Perspective

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Publication Date: January 1989

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Esther Leah Ritz

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 66:2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Business (Business organization, administration, and management)
Social conditions (Volunteerism)
Social conditions (Communication)

Keywords: Leadership; Communal Organization; Jewish Organizations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Key to any good lay-professional relationship is the basic role definition —lay leaders determine the policy that professionals implement. Yet, the effectiveness of each relationship is ultimately determined by how the two partners to it complement each other's personalities, skills, and knowledge. To increase the effectiveness of the lay leaders with whom they work, professionals must assume the responsibilities of negotiating a reasonable time commitment for volunteers and of enabling them to develop leadership skills.