Creating Excellence in Board Leadership

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Pattern Among Ineffective Boards

Did you know that there are 1.4 million not-for-profit organizations in the United States, commonly referred to as a 501 (c) 3? What an astounding figure. They include benevolent associations, colleges and universities, churches and more. By law each of them is required to have a board (e.g. directors, trustees, elders, church council) that has the fiduciary duty of governing the organization. But few do it well. In fact, a significant portion of them are struggling in their efforts to be effective. Why?

Look at this list of items. They reflect a pattern among struggling, ineffective boards.

Agendas are too full; often crammed with time consuming trivia
Meetings are too long; often focused on activity rather than results
Results from those long meetings are minimal; often unsatisfactory
Frustration and absenteeism are acute
Internal politics thwart unity and impede progress
Role of the board vs. management is unclear
Conflict between board and staff
Board leadership is reactionary, seldom pro-active
Qualified people are reluctant to serve

These items reflect a traditional style of board leadership. While they are not wrong, they are strongly inadequate for advancing organizations in a culture whose landscape is changing by the month.

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