Can Staff and Boards Work Together?
In a time of transition, collective exercises can provide value
The rules about leading staff and boards at associations are pretty clear. In short, stay in your lane.
Volunteer leaders at an association set the strategic direction for the organization; staff handles implementation. Messing with that arrangement only sows confusion. Board members get comfortable recruiting staffers for tasks without the CEO’s knowledge; staff fusses over strategic matters instead of putting their emphasis on day-to-day operations.
So, those boundaries are good ones. But there’s also something to be said for letting staff and volunteer leaders understand each other beyond the occasional staff-board lunch or other casual mixer. If you, as an executive, really want both groups to understand the importance of their roles, getting them together can be a valuable experience.
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