Roger and Tom at The Agitator have a great riff on staff versus board leadership. They point out that since the board is separated from the day-to-day operations, it’s very difficult for them to actually lead the organization.
It’s good enough that I sent it out to my board.
So, if you’re serious about having an organization accountable to the board, I think the board needs to be able to know for itself the answers to three questions:
- What kind of information do you need to make your job?
- What kind of decisions do you need brought to you?
Of course, the Executive Director needs to know these too, and follow them.