If you’re serious about your role as Chair of a non-profit board then this article is a valuable wake-up call. It’s the result of a survey of non-profit chairs across the US conducted by the Nonprofit Quarterly. The first topic addressed is ‘Preparing for the role’ and asked the question of the respondents to the survey how they went about preparing for the role. Slightly over half had done nothing to prepare.
Then the authors asked about ‘Perceptions of the role’ covering the Chair to board relationship, Chair to CEO relationship, and Chair to stakeholders/community and the article finishes with the implications and recommendations.
It’s a bit of a lengthy read but the key points can be picked up quickly. Obviously, preparation for the role was a concerning observation and respondents reported being overwhelmed by the volume of material available all purporting to being ‘best practice’. There’s a handful of articles in www.boardsense.co.nz that are designed to provide guidance for Chairs – I hope you enjoy them.