Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 11, 2011 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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A new framework for helping nonprofit organizations maximize the effectiveness of their boards.

Written by noted consultants and researchers attuned to the needs of practitioners, Governance as Leadership redefines nonprofit governance. It provides a powerful framework for a new covenant between trustees and executives: more macrogovernance in exchange for less micromanagement.

Informed by theories that have transformed the practice of organizational leadership, this book sheds new light on the traditional fiduciary and strategic work of the board and introduces a critical third dimension of effective trusteeship: generative governance. It serves boards as both a resource of fresh approaches to familiar territory and a lucid guide to important new territory, and provides a road map that leads nonprofit trustees and executives to governance as leadership.

Governance as Leadership was developed in collaboration with BoardSource, the premier resource for practical information, tools and best practices, training, and leadership development for board members of nonprofit organizations. Through its highly acclaimed programs and services, BoardSource enables organizations to fulfill their missions by helping build effective nonprofit boards and offering credible support in solving tough problems. For the latest in nonprofit governance, visit, or call us at 1-800-883-6262.


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Review: Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards

User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

I realized the non-profit I've been working with makes these "worst case scenarios" look delightful! Definitely a useful read for leaders or board members of non-profit organizations. Read full review

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User Review  - Bryan - Goodreads

A good introduction to current thinking about what non-profit boards should do - and how they should do it. If you serve on a non-profit, this book will help you understand your role as a board member in order to maximize your effectiveness as you work to lead your organization. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Richard P. Chait is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research and consulting focus is on nonprofit governance and college and university management. He was recently honored as one of Harvard Universityís "outstanding teachers."

William P. Ryan is a research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, and a consultant to foundations and non-profit organizations. His work focuses on nonprofit organizational effectiveness and foundation strategy.

Barbara E. Taylor, PhD, is a researcher and consultant to nonprofit organizations whose work focuses on trusteeship, executive search, and organizational planning and assessment. She is a senior consultant with the Academic Search Consultation Service and a former vice president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

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