• Stephen Usery

Non-Profit Board Engagement

What separates high performing non-profits from all the others? Frequently, it is a fully engaged Board of Directors. A Board that understands not only its basic legal duties (the duty of care, duty of loyalty, and duty of obedience) but also the many roles its members can and should play in both governance and support of the organization. A Board that functions as a team. A Board united by a common understanding of well-defined goals.

Such Boards don’t happen by accident – they are created by the careful planning and diligent work of Board members (especially the Chair) and an organization’s executive leadership. Board duties and roles are well defined and understood. Boundaries between Board roles and staff functions are clearly delineated. The Board establishes goals for itself in support of the organization’s goals and holds itself accountable to them.

Yes, such Boards are fairly rare and extraordinary – but they needn’t be. Frequently Boards don’t function this way for a simple reason: they have never been shown the way. Leadership Advisors, LLC has developed a structured approach for guiding an organization’s Board and executive leadership to higher performance through greater Board engagement. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you get there.

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