Boards who demonstrate healthy team behavior are more likely to have stronger relationships with management, make better decisions, attract and retain board talent and lead more socially impactful organizations. I have outlined below what I think are helpful tips to develop more effective, healthier governance teams.
Raising charitable children is a journey, set by our example and deliberate lessons that reinforces our shared values of empathy, compassion, trust and a commitment to community. These values shape the character of our children and serve as the foundation for them to become charitable in their words and deeds.
The Muttart Foundation’s 2013 report, “Talking About Charities” speaks to the trust level Canadians have in their charities. While 79% of Canadians report having a lot or some trust in charities, there is a need to understand why 20% say they have little or no trust in charities. In my opinion, it’s the erosion of trust, accountability and health of the board team inside the organization that has rippled to the public arena.
Nonprofit executives and board volunteers today are leading organizations through a time of rapid change and challenge. To succeed in this new era our organizations need to embrace a continuous improvement mindset and seek ways to become better in all areas of our work.
Regardless of your organization’s size, the Board of Directors can be more effective in setting strategic direction, mitigating risks, guiding executive leadership, mustering resources and providing responsible governance if they have proper leadership. Organizations with a robust, well executed selection and ‘on-boarding’ process can help elect the right Chair.