Governance

Your Board at Its Best: Benefits of Board Assessment

All nonprofits need a strong, engaged board with the skills, talents, knowledge, and expertise to make key decisions and build organizational capacity for producing results. Every organization is different, and each board has a unique culture. However, there are common qualities of a healthy, engaged board that has the capacity to govern effectively and the self-awareness to continue to grow and evolve with the organization. Assessment can help boards examine these qualities and identify where they are doing well, where they could be stronger, and how they should prioritize board development efforts.

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Should the chief executive have a vote? (BoardSource)

Is the chief executive’s impact affected whether he or she has a vote on the board? Do board members relate to their chief executive differently if he or she has an opportunity to vote on board issues? These are some of the questions that every board should ask while defining the role of the chief executive. Clarifying first the role of management and governance within the organization may help the board define its relationship with the chief executive.

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