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Engage. Empower. Lead. Those three words are the cornerstone of the national Student Academy of Audiology (SAA). National SAA is composed of many leaders from our nationally recognized SAA chapter leaders, to our national SAA volunteers, and our elected national SAA Board of Directors. Although being involved in the national SAA is a fantastic first step in leadership, there is still so much to learn! The following infographics were designed to provide easy-to-consume leadership development activities. Within each graphic are short articles, podcasts, videos, or quotes related to the qualities of a good leader.

Click on the title of the topic to access the full infographic with links. Further, there are discussion questions listed below that relate to that quality. SAA chapter leadership is encouraged to go through each graphic individually and then come together to discuss what they read, saw, and learned. The discussion questions provide a perfect starting place but don’t let it constrain you either. You can learn so much from each other!


  • What bugs you when it comes to communication? Do you have a communication pet peeve?
  • What do you think you do well when you communicate?
  • The digital age has brought many new ways to communicate such as email, Twitter, and Facebook. How has communication changed? What is helpful?
  • Why do leaders need to be effective communicators?
  • How did your communication change as you got to know a classmate, significant other, best friend, coworker, etc?
  • How would you describe good/effective communication?


  • If your workload was halved, which tasks would you eliminate? Options- just do not do them, automate them, delegate them, outsource them
  • What is one task you could complete to make tomorrow an effective day?
  • What causes you to waste time?
  • What do you like most about your schedule?
  • What do you want to spend less time doing? How can you spend less time doing it? Or how you can make it more productive?
  • What’s your best tip for staying on task?
  • When is your most productive time of the day?
  • How do you manage time in appointments with patients? How are you efficient during appointments?


  • How does being vulnerable help you become more resilient?
  • Think about a time when you noticed someone showing vulnerability. How did you feel during that situation? To what extent did you view them as brave or courageous?
  • What first comes to your mind when you hear the word “vulnerable”?
  • Is it difficult for you to ask for what you need, to talk about how you’re feeling, or to have the hard conversations? If so, why do you think those things are difficult for you?
  • In the past, what has prevented you from being vulnerable with others at work, home, or in the community?
  • What makes you feel vulnerable?
  • As an audiologist, do you think it’s important to be vulnerable with your patients? Why or why not?
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