• Paper: The Board: A Challenge to Serve

    By: Greg Kandel, Management Consultants for the Arts

    As the management texts tell us, every complex organization has its own culture, its own way to think and work and serve. There are probably as many interpretations of a board’s role as there are boards. And yet, we have observed that the most effective boards share certain characteristics. However different their organizations are, however divided by discipline or geography, size or financing, the most effective boards base their culture on two principles: dedication to organizational mission and commitment to collective leadership.

    Most of this essay will concern the latter concept. Collective leadership is a style of management that emphasizes the team that values the contributions of all players – board, executive and staff. We’ve identified several qualities that promote collective leadership, among them honesty, collegiality and professionalism, humility, accountability, curiosity and delight in the program, and concern for the future. These qualities apply to the executive and staff as well as to the board, but in this essay, we will limit our focus to how they apply to the board.

    This paper discusses the importance of collective leadership in governance.

    The Board: A Challenge to Serve
    Filed in: Governance, Leadership, Papers and Presentations
    Keywords: ,
    Added on: August 22, 2013