While the basic governance responsibilities of boards of directors are constant, leadership on a good board is more fluid, ebbing and flowing as circumstances and organizational life cycles require. Board leadership is expressed most powerfully and crucially during times of transition and crisis; such periods are also when the absence of leadership is most visible and most devastating to an organization.
When things are running smoothly, the more routine governance duties are primary and board leadership is devoted to streamlining systems, strategic planning and increased board fundraising. At such times, the board's leadership (in the sense of control and direction) may seem below the surface. This is most often the case when there is a strong, skilled and effective executive director.
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