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Leadership and Governance Resources

“Leadership and planning is having a clear picture of where we are, where we are going and how we are going to get there.” - Bill Marolt, Former President/CEO of USSA

"Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint." - Lewis H. Lapham

The Principles of USSA Club Leadership:

  • The Mission, Vision, Values and Goals/Objectives of the organization are clearly understood by all both internally and externally.
  • The culture of the organization is purposefully created and not left to chance.
  • The staff leadership of the organization is carefully hired, supported and regularly evaluated.
  • The organization has clear short and long-term strategic plans.
  • The organization has appropriate financial and human resources to fulfill the mission.
  • Leadership evaluates its own, and the organization’s performance.
  • The organization operates according to clear policies and procedures.

Below are resources and information about best practices that will help USSA clubs meet these principles. For more in-depth access to these types of resources, as well as direct support, forums with other club leaders, resource sharing, potential deployment of Club Expert Consultants and other opportunities for developing your club, see USSA Club Certification.

RESOURCE ► Club Excellence Workshop recording - Leadership and Governance

RESOURCE ► Leadership and Planning Techniques - Presented at the 2014 Club Excellence Conference

RESOURCE ► The Art and Importance of Strategic Partnerships - Presented by Rob Clayton and Steve Cohan at the 2014 Club Excellence Conference

RESOURCE ► Establishing Mission, Vision and Values

RESOURCE ► Planning: Where are we?

RESOURCE ► Planning and Goal Setting: Where are we going?

RESOURCE ► Planning Strategies: How will we get there?

RESOURCE ► Strategic Planning Annual Template for USSA Clubs

RESOURCE ► Governance: Bylaws

RESOURCE ► Governance: Board Manual

RESOURCE ► Governance: Carver Policy Governance Model

RESOURCE ► Governance: Board Roles and Responsibilities

RESOURCE ► Governance: Board Composition, Election and Placement, Succession Planning

RESOURCE ► Board Matrix

RESOURCE ► Governance: Board Officers

RESOURCE ► The Staff Leader - Board and Staff Roles

RESOURCE ► Governance: Board Committees

RESOURCE ► Governance: Ethics

RESOURCE ► Leadership: Annual Club Calendar

RESOURCE ► Leadership: Evaluation of Board and Staff Leader



Principles of USSA Club Leadership and Governance
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