The Role of the Board Chair

A simple truth of governance is that a significant part of a board's effectiveness depends upon the quality of the board chair. The quality of governance is enhanced by an effective board chair, while few boards are able to rise above an inadequate chair.   In this webinar governance expert Jamie Orlikoff reviews the key issues involved in the dynamic relationship between a board and its chair.   By clearly defining the position, duties, roles, responsibilities, and authority of the board chair a board helps insure that it governs based on principle and policy, instead of the personalities of changing board chairs. This webinar outlines key questions for boards to ask and approaches to take to clarify an explicit role and job description for the board chair.


Jamie Orlikoff is president of Orlikoff & Associates, an international consulting firm specializing in health care governance and leadership, strategy, quality, organizational development, and risk management. He is the National Advisor on Governance and Leadership to the American Hospital Association and Health Forum.  Jamie has been involved in leadership, quality, and strategy issues for over thirty years.  He has consulted with hospitals and health systems in eleven countries, and since 1985 has worked with hospital and system governing boards to strengthen their overall effectiveness and their oversight of quality, safety and strategy.  He has worked extensively on improving the relationships between boards, medical staffs, and management.  He is the author of 15 books and over 100 articles and has served on hospital, college, and civic boards. Jamie has served as a member of the Virginia Mason Health System Board in Seattle, WA, and chair of their Governance Committee.