The Chairperson is responsible for defining the meeting timetable, making sure that each meeting is planned effectively, conducted according to the policies/process as defined by the IRCM, allows time for each member of the Committee to have their input without one person taking over the meeting, and that matters are dealt with in an orderly, efficient manner.
The Chairperson must be able to build and lead the team.
The Chairperson is responsible for identifying and where applicable, making the final decision.
Although the Committee is responsible for creating a proposal, it is the responsibility of the Chairperson to ensure that the final decision is right for all categories of the industry.
It is important that the Chairperson does not go with the flow or vote along the same lines as others in the Committee.
When the Chairperson gives in to the group even where they disagree, it defeats the purpose of bringing Committee Members together to gather diverse opinions and perspectives.
It is more productive for both the industry category and the industry as a whole that the Committee comes to a consensus of opinion in driving the industry forward. Where a single option is not agreed upon, it is the Chairperson’s responsibility to make the final decision for the benefit of the industry as a whole.
This is key to the Chairperson of the Steering Committee.