Beauty Zindi – Candidate for Division Director
Why are you running for this District Leadership Role? Why now?
I have gained a lot of experience in my various leadership roles inside and outside of Toastmasters. Division Director is a natural step forward in my personal development journey
within Toastmasters, as well as a great opportunity to serve an organisation whose values and mission I truly believe change lives.
What is your vision for the role?
My vision of the Division Director role is threefold:
i) Work harmoniously with all the Area Directors under my supervision, giving them all the support I possibly can in their service to Clubs.
ii) Work as an efficient and effective bridge between the District Leadership Team and the Area Directors so that initiatives coming from the DLT filter down to Clubs, as well as communicating feedback from Areas to the DLT.
iii) Encourage cooperation between clubs, via the Area Directors, so that stronger clubs can support weaker ones to enable all members who want to flourish to do so.
How will you go about achieving this vision?
I believe that the key ingredient to success in an organisation such as ours is building relationships. When people feel valued and supported they can accomplish much. It is my intention to get to know all my Area Directors, their challenges and visions, and to give them the support they need to help their clubs.
How do you plan to achieve Distinguished status?
My aim will be to have a clear Division Success Plan agreed with all Area Directors. This will keep us focused on the actions we need to take, with clear accountability for actions. I will ensure that we all understand the performance measures established by Toastmasters International HQ and most importantly communicate the fact that these measures reflect how
well our members are doing and are not just measures for measurement’s sake. My aim would be to come up with a plan for achieving President’s Distinguished Division.
What is the greatest challenge you may face as District Leader?
Inspiring my team to balance their time commitments by having a plan which focuses on agreed priorities
How will you work with others to achieve success?
i) Listen to my team to get their input and feedback
ii) Communicate in a streamlined fashion to avoid information overload while staying
focused on the key objectives
iii) Lead by example as I always strive to do.