You significantly shape club culture.

For good or for bad, that’s your call. 


We know about the ones who boss, patronise or intimidate people, rule by control and don’t listen. They know it all. They abuse their power. And communication? What communication?

There are presidents who get their clubs into good positions financially and with plenty of trophies. Yet there are underlying issues with their club. Some coaches abuse their young charges without being pulled up, club resources favour men and boys and women are more likely to be serving in the canteen.

Then there are the presidents who want to see their club as a place of deep respect, safety, fairness, fun and success. The club is exceptional in its embrace of diversity. Resources are used fairly. Men and women work alongside each other in all aspects of the club.

These clubs win on and off the field. They are a force within their local communities. Club Respect is for this kind of president and leader.

Here are some important steps to becoming an AWESOME top person, leading positive change. 

Club Respect's advice for being an AWESOME leader

  • A. Alignment of values
    The buck starts and stops with you.
    • Walk the walk; ensure your club values are reflected in the club’s strategic plan, goals and activities across the club.
    • If you feel that they’re not adequate, well-defined and stated, revisit them and kick start re-establishing them.  
  • W. Working well with others
    You’re hugely influential in modelling respectful teamwork.
    • Listen closely and respectfully instead of waiting for your turn to speak.
    • Chair meetings in ways that encourage people to be honest and constructive.
    • Delegate before you suffocate. Ask for help instead of trying to cope by yourself and burning out. Start with the committee. 
    • Play to people’s strengths and what they’re wanting out of their time there. 
    • Give credit where credit’s due.
  • E. Effective communication
    Everyone values transparency.
    • Communicate your objectives and plans to the wider club community.
    • Spare yourself a lot of scrutiny and suspicion by letting people know what they can expect. Put people at ease by allowing them to see why decisions are being made, and understand the direction that the club is taking.
  • S. Success judged (the right way!)
    Promote and fulfil your club’s success measures.

    As president and chair, your individual success will be measured by:

    • Effective and efficient committee operations
    • The level of trust and respect between people around the club
    • Increased numbers of enthusiastic volunteers
    • Enhanced members and supporters well-being
    • Increasing and more inclusive membership
    • Positive on-field and off-field performance
    • Fewer breaches of Code of Conduct.


  • O. Ownership
    As a decision maker, and a human, you’ll make mistakes.
    Own them, learn from them. Don’t pass the buck. 
    • Be humble and accept criticism graciously.
    • Respect people’s humanity and create an environment where mistakes are embraced as learning opportunities, and not the worst thing that someone can make.
    • Your club is a family where each member helps one another to bounce back and be better for it.


  • M. Modelling respectful behaviour
    Like it or not, you’ll be watched closely. People will follow your lead.
    • Live and reference your club values when and wherever possible.
    • In your formal role, you have lots of meetings to attend and chair. Treat them as the great opportunities they are, for demonstrating civility and respect for those around the table, inclusiveness, and fairness, rather than intimidation and abuse.
  • E. Equality and fairness
    Embrace multiculturalism. Value diversity. 

    Do not tolerate discriminatory talk for even a moment. Call it out.

    Tear down negative stereotypes about people from other backgrounds, of different abilities, and genders.

    Take time to explain to club people why these discriminations and assumptions aren’t tolerated. Be patient, never aggressive, in helping them to understand the value of diversity.