Choosing Leaders, Not Just Jobs: The Influence of General Managers in Private Clubs

Within the world of private clubs, candidates are on a quest for more than just employment – they’re in search of leaders who embody the essence of these respected establishments. Central to this evolving trend are general managers, the individuals who wield significant influence over the charm and resonance of these well-established properties.

In the following sections, we’ll explore how candidates’ decisions are shaped by the dynamic leadership of general managers. Through their vision and guidance, general managers play a pivotal role in attracting exceptional talent and creating a work environment that surpasses competition.

Join us as we highlight the trending elements bridging candidate aspirations and skilled leadership in the captivating landscape of talent strategy in the private club industry…

The Ascension of Leadership-Centric Decision Making

Gone are the days when candidates accepted positions solely based on monetary rewards. Today, candidates are drawn to leaders who build camaraderie and curate experiences that extend far beyond fulfilling job descriptions.

A Leader Sets the Tone

The impact of a general manager in a private member club transcends their role. The way they handle member interactions, anticipate desires, and resolve challenges motivates operations throughout the entire club. Top candidates for core management roles gravitate towards general managers with genuine charisma, resulting in a membership and team who feel confident they are well-balanced parts of the whole.

Inspirational Pathways and Personal Growth

Private member clubs of today need to offer not just jobs, but a journey. General managers, at the helm of this voyage, are sought-after captains of inspiration. Their ability to navigate uncharted waters, stimulate creativity, and nurture personal growth are the underpins of appeal for candidates aspiring toward a remarkable career path.

Alignment of Ethos and Ideals

Leading candidates seeking opportunities with private member clubs are driven by identifying shared values. The ethos upheld by a general manager, be it a dedication to luxury, philanthropy, or cultural pursuits, become resonant chords that strike a harmonious note with candidates’ ambitions. The commitment of a general manager to the tenets of club culture has become a pivotal factor in candidate deliberations.

Trust and Openness

In the discerning world of private member clubs, trust is a currency of paramount value. General managers who cultivate openness, transparency, and honesty attract candidates seeking not just a position, but a workplace centered around integrity. The assurance that voices will be heard, and contributions will be acknowledged respectfully creates an irreplaceable draw.


Candidates, like aspiring apprentices, seek leaders who are invested in their personal and professional evolution. The prospect of being nurtured under the supervision of a seasoned general manager can be the compass guiding candidates to their chosen destination. Leaders who are not afraid to develop talent will establish a strong pipeline of the best to work alongside them.

Contributed by Michael Herd, Head of International Search & Consulting at KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE. Michael can be reached at [email protected] or