Club leaders have many roles. They are meeting planners, membership stewards, sponsorship sellers, dues collectors, fund raisers, strategic planners, mentors, volunteers… The list goes on and on.
However, club leaders are first and foremost managers. This does not just mean team management. It begins with the management of ourselves. It is being able to think critically, set appropriate goals, prioritize our time to ensure we accomplish those objectives and regulate our attention and emotions. Self-management also takes self-awareness, or remaining in tune with our strengths, weaknesses, emotional intelligence and biases.
When you begin to consider how you will manage others, it’s important to remember to lead with compassion and understanding. We must be able to respond to people and situations to the best of our ability. Employees, volunteers and other team members who feel valued are more likely to work harder for the greater good of your mission. We should know how to be authoritative without stunting the team. We must also take responsibility when we're wrong because we all make mistakes!
Finally, we are managers of change. As humans, we tend to embrace individuality and forward motion. While we know that we should pay respect to rules and policies, club leaders aren’t afraid to make change when necessary or for the betterment of our organization. We consider what our team has to say and trust in their expertise. It’s about finding the right balance between stability and growth, according to Forbes magazine. However, it’s important that even as we are adapting, we also ensure that we do not divert too far from our primary mission.
We explore five other roles that club leaders take on in our brief video, The Many Hats of Club Leaders. Make sure to check out it and other leadership development resources in the Seroma Member Center.