Reaching for the Stars

By Pamela R. Knecht

Now, more than ever, boards of not-for-profit organizations feel compelled to up their game. Most have mastered the basics of governance (e.g., overseeing audit and compliance), and they now want to use governance best practices. They study what stellar boards are doing, so they, too, can reach for (or become) governance stars.

The highest-performing boards across the country share certain key characteristics that can be grouped into five categories:

  1. Visionary, Strategic and Systemfocused
  2. Nimble, Streamlined and Clear
  3. Intentional, Disciplined and Consistent
  4. Competency-based, Informed and Evaluated
  5. Objective, Transparent and Accountable

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