Club Respect tips for the President

  • 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.