In addition to his or her constitutional duties, the president, as the chief officer in the local, regularly takes on other roles and responsibilities. As the spokesperson of the union leadership to the rank-and-file membership, the president should regularly communicate the union’s vision, direction, and goals. The president must also be a good listener and should seek out the views and ideas of fellow officers as well as those of the membership. The president’s role is like that of a team captain, one who can focus on issues and problems and motivate people to work together toward achieving common goals. The president is also the union’s representative to the community. Finally, the president is the union’s ceremonial officer on such occasions as initiation of new members or installation of newly elected officers.
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