The Evolution of Boards of Directors


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This tool lays out three stages of Board evolution and identifies the characteristic behaviors of each stage. This tool can apply to Boards of Directors that oversee corporations, public agencies, and non-profits. Board members can use this tool to help clarify their stage of evolution and adapt their strategies accordingly. (3 pages)

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The Evolution of Boards of Directors

Stage 1: The Doing Board

In the early stages, Board members typically handle a lot of responsibilities because there are a lot of tasks to get done and a lack of staff to do them. They raise money, manage projects, deliver products, coordinate publicity, develop the business plan, gather workers, answer telephones, and develop web sites. In short, they do anything – and everything – the organization requires.

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