How decisions are made
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:
- Be decisive
- Listen to all involved
- Explore all alternatives and encourage input from all committee members
- Do not become emotive and/or use emotive or inflammatory language when dealing with issues
- Decide on small matters promptly
- Make decisions with firmness
- Act upon the chosen decision
- Is the decision aligned to the club’s purpose and long term plan?
- What are the implications of the decision (financial, legal, etc.)
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.