The Vital Role of the Association President: A Guide to Effective Leadership

The Vital Role of the Association President: A Guide to Effective Leadership

Congratulations on assuming the prestigious role of Association President! As the head of your association, your leadership holds the key to its future success. The responsibilities entrusted to you are pivotal for the smooth functioning and progress of the organisation. Let's delve into the crucial do's and don'ts that define effective leadership in this role.

President's Key Functions and Responsibilities

1. Board Oversight: Ensure active participation of board members in meetings and prompt action on assigned tasks.

2. Meeting Management: Collaborate with the Secretary to efficiently manage board meetings and annual general meetings. Keep discussions focused on strategic objectives and policies, preventing unnecessary digressions.

3. CEO Performance: Oversee the performance of the CEO, ensuring they have the necessary resources and support to excel in their role.

Dos and Don'ts for an Effective Association President


    -Induction and Clarity: Facilitate a thorough induction process for office bearers, including a clearly defined "Job Description" outlining roles, responsibilities, boundaries, and liabilities.

   - Board Authorization: Secure a board resolution authorising the President to make confident decisions on behalf of the board, eliminating ambiguity and streamlining decision-making processes.

   - Consultation: Prioritise consultation with board members before making significant decisions, avoiding unilateral actions that may lead to discord or misunderstanding.


   - Unilateral Decision-Making: Consult relevant stakeholders before making decisions independently, preventing potential conflicts or dissatisfaction within the association.

   - Overstepping Boundaries: Recognise the distinction between the President's role and that of a CEO or manager. Focus on facilitating harmonious board operations, overseeing overall association performance, and making decisions collectively with the board.


As the Association President, you hold immense responsibility and influence. By adhering to these dos and don'ts, you can effectively navigate the complexities of leadership, foster collaboration within the board, and propel your association towards its goals with clarity and purpose. Your commitment to sound governance and strategic decision-making will shape the organisation's future success.

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