first major role of the president is leading the annual planning of the
club (consistent with the views of members), help the committee
prioritise its goals and then try to keep the committee on track by
working within that overall plan. Club and committee members should have
a sense of what they are trying to achieve and a plan developed for
this purpose is essential. The president leads this process.
The second major role of the president is to facilitate effective management of club/committee meetings.
To do this effectively the president/chairperson should:
The president has the responsibility to determine what
decision-making process should be used. Keep these simple and easy to
understand is ideal, however they must align with the club’s rules.
Because of the nature of the position, there is often the need for the
chairperson to make informed decisions. The most difficult part of
making a decision is the possibility of making the wrong one. To avoid
making a wrong decision or not making one at all, as the president you
must adhere to the following:
To be an effective president, always remember to be fair and
decisive. All the skills necessary to be a good president, to enable
fair decision-making and to exercise sound management come with practice
and regular self-appraisal.
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