| BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
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Bob was recruited last month to serve on the Board of Directors. This month he was elected President of the Board. What is wrong with this picture? Everything.
A board president or advisory committee chair is a key decision maker, financial watchdog, a recruiter of new members, spokesperson for the organization, innovative thinker, and partner with the administrative leadership. A board president needs depth of experience to keep the nonprofit ship afloat and guide other less experienced board members. An advisory board chair needs wisdom, wide ranging understanding of public policy, how to work in a bureaucratic system, good connections, and patience to lead a fruitful advisory team.
Be it a board of directors or an advisory board there needs to be succession planning for leadership positions, not just nabbing who every is willing to say yes. Succession planning is having the right people in place to step into leadership positions; officers or committee chairs.
Glenn Tecker refers to succession planning as an organization’s “leadership pipeline.” He suggests three things to consider in succession planning:
Glenn H. Tecker, Kermit M. Eide and Jean S. Frankel, Building a Knowledge-Based Culture, American Society of Association Executives Foundation, Washington, D.C., 1997, page 9.
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