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.
Here are some important steps to becoming an AWESOME top person, leading positive change.
As president and chair, your individual success will be measured by:
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.