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The Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is a non-profit organization that provides support to financial aid administrators and other agencies involved in the administration of financial aid programs in Wisconsin’s postsecondary educational institutions. 


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Top 10 Tips for New Leaders – Kristina Alvarez

This is the fourth post in a series of tips on transitioning into management and leadership for the first time. Kristina Alvarez is the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. 

 Top 10 Tips for New Leaders
by Kristina Alvarez

  1. Create a vision of what your role should be.

  2. Meet your team and learn their strengths.  This allows you to maximize the capability and function of your office.

  3. Understand the work that your staff completes, so there is cross-training within the department.

  4. Learn to delegate.  You cannot do it all by yourself.

  5. Communicate, communicate, communicate!   You can never over-explain your expectations.

  6. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.  Your financial aid colleagues are excellent resources.

  7. Be proactive to accomplish your goals.  Financial is cyclical, being organized and prepared aids with this.

  8. Establish trust from your staff and colleagues by engaging and being honest with them.

  9. Demonstrate commitment to your role and department.  Your staff will follow your lead.

  10. Be confident!  
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