Book Review – Governance as Leadership – by Chait et. al.

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Here is a readable introduction to successful non-profit governance, arguing skillfully in favor of the value of three different types of board work: fiduciary, strategic, and generative. The authors tells us that two many boards focus on the first, some on the first two, but very few on all three. And that is to the DISadvantage of the organization.

Ideal governance occurs when executives and trustees collaborate together to identify underlying organizational issues and jointly figure out solutions. It’s not exactly a page-turner but, as someone interested in creating a well-functioning non-profit board, I found it full of helpful explanations, ideas and some practical how-tos.

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