The Board Chair – Executive Director Relationship

Successfully Navigate the Delicate Power Relationship Between the Executive Director and the Board Chair

What are the leadership characteristics of an effective Board Chair? Which leadership qualities does this person need to have in contrast to the characteristics required of the ED? Who is the true leader of your nonprofit – the Board Chair or the ED – and how can these two people effectively share power in order for the organization to deliver maximum results?

Which responsibilities lie with each person? How can an organization manage this sensitive relationship during times of strain? Does your board view the ED as a ‘social entrepreneur’ whose vision the board supports, or a ‘hired gun’ in charge of carrying out the board’s mandate? The way you answer this question will be pivotal in setting the parameters for the Board Chair-ED relationship.

The Board Chair-ED dynamic will be put on the table for you to examine so you can come up with more effective strategies to balance this delicate power relationship in your organization. This interactive workshop will include case studies of actual Board Chair-ED relationships that have worked effectively and others that have nearly collapsed organizations so you can distill lessons and strategies for ‘harmony at the top’ which you can take home to your nonprofit.


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