When a Board of Directors serves in a governing capacity for a public agency, the Board needs to act in certain ways in order to assure high levels of performance throughout the organization. This tool lays out the five habits of high-performing governing boards for public agencies. (1 page)
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Five Habits of High-Performing Public Agency Boards
High-performing governing boards display the following characteristics:
Habit 1: Board members cultivate the Board as a distinct entity.
- Board members recognize the Board as a distinct entity that governs the organization.
- The Board is different from Board members.
- The Board directs the organization via the chief executive.
- Individual Board members do not direct the chief executive or other staff, except when authorized to do so by the Board.
- Board members offer suggestions or ask for information from the chief executive.
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