Creating Excellence in Board Leadership

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Where Does Success Begin?

Every organization exists to make a difference. Whether founded by an individual or group, just read the mission statements they post and you know it’s true. That said; where do you begin the task of crafting a culture of empowerment where accelerated progress and achievement are realized? As important as a good business plan is, that isn’t the starting point. Begin with the board. Virtually every not-for-profit organization or publically traded company is required to have one. Business cannot be done without one.

Sadly, many boards are tolerated by management. Frequently, boards find themselves spending inordinate amounts of time reacting to efforts of others. Meeting agendas are recurrently filled with trivia. Board members routinely question the value they deliver to the organization resulting in a loss of interest, absenteeism, dissatisfaction and frustration. Plagued by a fear of losing their sense of value to the organization or abdicating their fiduciary responsibility for the organization, board members react and seek to take control. In doing so, they unintentionally restrict progress toward mission achievement.

Do responsible boards have other options? Indeed! Consider the following thoughts. Good boards:

Define their role in writing; a role that is different than management
Agree to operate with high ethical standards; the core for unity and trust
Craft clear mission and vision documents; these provide long-term direction
Empower key leaders in management; a means for accelerating progress
Structure limits for management; a path of protection
Evaluate their own performance; a process for improved leadership
Make decisions via consensus; it eliminates winners and losers

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