Chairman

 

In addition to the administrative or executive duties in organizations, the chairman has the duties of presiding over meetings.[44] Such

duties at meetings include:

  • calling the meeting to order
  • determining if a quorum is present
  • announcing the items on the order of business or agenda as they come up
  • recognition of members to have the floor
  • enforcing the rules of the group
  • putting all questions (motions) to a vote
  • adjourning the meeting

While presiding, the chairman should remain impartial and not interrupt a speaker if the speaker has the floor and is following the rules of the group.[45] In committees or small boards, the chairman votes

along with the other members. However, in assemblies or larger boards, the chairman should vote only when it can affect the result.[46] At a meeting, the chairman only has one vote (i.e. the chairman cannot vote twice and cannot override the decision of the group unless the organization has specifically given the chairman such authority