Leadership vs Entertainment Print
Written by Stefan   
Thursday, 10 January 2008 16:02

Clubs, associations, and organisations in larger cities face the problem of recruiting new members and keeping the current members. This is an issue especially for non-profit organisations. There are several possibilities of spending free time: cinema, theatre, sports clubs, bars, museums and countless more. So why should somebody join a non-profit organisation? A leader has to answer this question for the club. A leader has to be in line with the goals and the culture of the club. This implies a large amount of passion and idealism for the goals of the organisation. But it does not mean that it is a conservative position. A leader has to see the environment of the organisation and has to change the politics according to the world around in order to make the most out of it for the organisation.

Motivating members is the key role of leaders in an organisation. Leaders feel and see when members become demotivated, when projects do not go into right direction and when members tend to miss meetings due to other important events. Motivation in this case is not about repeating the corporate goals over and over again. Ideals cannot normally solve problems which occur in every day life. If members cannot cope with basic assignments they rather resign than pushing themselves harder to meet a milestone. Leaders have to support other members when they notice problems in assigned tasks. It is hard work making people interested in something which does not return profit for them in a capitalistic sense. Members spend days on organizing events, helping others actively or giving services to others and the only outputs are often a “thank you” or a smile. If members do not identify themselves with the goals and ideals of the organisation, they are good candidates which are leaving the club in order to have more fun in cinemas or theatres.

These issues could easily lead to a change in the goals of the club by adjusting the goals in order to fit to the interest of a larger amount of people. Leaders could feel to be forced to make a big show for members. This is basically hard to keep in everyday club work. It is becoming really difficult if the leaders have to trade the survival of the club versus the club culture i.e. the real goals of a club. Here, the limit of leadership can be seen because leaders cannot control everything. Leaders cannot generate motivation out of nothing. They can only find it and raise it. The board of an organisation has to evaluate as often as needed the atmosphere in the club, it has to adjust to the members within the limits of the club principles and has to take actions against people who undermine the club culture. This must not be set equal to a person who is criticising constructively. It is probably the most difficult work for the leaders when they have to judge such an issue but dealing with this problem has to be done as soon as it is noticed.

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