What is Governance?

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What is Governance?

Question: I keep reading about managing boards and governing boards, but honestly I’m not sure that I could explain the difference. What is governance?  What is a governing board?

Answer: A governing board is a board that controls the organization by policies instead of a steady stream of management decisions. Governance involves designing board structure and process, directing strategic priorities, delegating authority and responsibility and monitoring and measuring results.

A managing board of a restaurant would spend most of the time in the kitchen stirring the stew and discussing ways to make it taste even better. A governing board would hire a chef to do the cooking. The board itself would spend most of its time talking to the customers about their needs and wants and some time planning the future of their restaurant and some time giving direction about their clientele and their needs (but not management advice) to the chef. They would improve their service by checking with the customers, not by tasting the stew themselves. Read more

Leadership Qualities / Competencies of Leaders

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No person makes a perfect leader. There are always ways to improve.

Although the responsibilities of those in leadership vary, there are a number of leadership qualities that are common to all of them. In this series of six articles, we shall look at the leadership qualities that are needed in a Chief Executive Officer, Board Chair and Board Member, Senior Manager and Pastor.

Leadership qualities, or competencies, are aspects of a person that make him or her successful at what he/she does. They are a complex combination of underlying characteristics, being influenced by that person’s values and beliefs, motives, attitudes, personality traits, self-image and attitudes as well as skills and knowledge.

We can determine a person’s competencies by observing their behavior. The more effectively and consistently they display the behaviors associated with the respective competencies, the better their leadership performance. A person’s competencies therefore, are a window through which we can glimpse the person’s capability.

We shall look at these six leadership qualities/competencies: Read more

Leadership Qualities – Part 6 Self-Awareness

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This is our final article in the series of leadership qualities (competencies).  We shall look at Self-awareness in Leadership.

Self- awareness – accurately assesses personal strengths and weaknesses and manages them effectively.

Increasing self-awareness is one of the characteristics of increasing maturity. The better a person knows him/herself, the more accurately he/she can assess areas that require personal development and the better he/she can assess his/her capabilities and inner resources (values, faith, character traits, personality, gifts, motives, emotional responses).

Self-awareness is like a window onto one’s strengths and weaknesses. There are some people who have good awareness of their strengths but find it too difficult to acknowledge their weaknesses. That ability requires self-esteem. (see last week’s leadership article) Read more

Leadership Qualities – Part 5 Self-Esteem

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The leadership quality (competency) we shall look this week is Self-esteem.

Self-esteem – respects and likes self, confident in own self-worth and capabilities.

Self-esteem is foundational to healthy relationships. When God commands us to love others as we love ourselves, the clear implication – so often missed – is that we are meant to love ourselves.

Lack of self-esteem can cripple an otherwise capable leader. Self-esteem, developed to an appropriate degree, is attractive. Too little and he/she may appear obsequious and insincere. Too much “thinking too highly of oneself” and a person appears proud. Excessive self-esteem, expressed through boastfulness and arrogance may cause a person to be critical or disdainful of others. It is often indicative of an over-compensation for what may be, in reality, poor self-esteem. Neither distortion is attractive. Read more

Leadership Qualities – Part 4 Integrity

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Today we look at Integrity in leadership.

Integrity – trustworthy and conscientious and can be relied on to act and speak with consistency and honesty.

Leaders should be noted for their truthfulness, consistency and reliability. All responsibilities are fulfilled ethically. Their actions are consistent with their spoken word.

Integrity leads to credibility. Such a person is “real” and authentic rather than appearing distant and unapproachable. Integrity generally leads to a sense of openness and the ability to admit to being “human”, to having faults and failings. Rather than undermining credibility, this vulnerability adds to it. Integrity appears to build upon good self-awareness and an understanding about what personal beliefs, values, principles and thoughts motivate them. Read more

Leadership Qualities – Part 3 Communication

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The third of six leadership qualities we shall look at is Communication.

Communication  – Gives and receives information with attentiveness, clarity, understanding and perception.

Communication in this context includes speaking, listening, reading and writing, all of which are an everyday part of the responsibilities of a leader. Communication of one kind or another is at the heart of all human interactions and almost all decisions. A person’s non-verbal behaviour – body language, attitude  – are also powerful communication tools, sending strong messages without the use of words.

Communication is the common denominator in all social skills and the person who communicates well demonstrates a combination of abilities. Read more