Become a Highly Effective Nonprofit Board Chair in Seven Steps
Step 6: Reviews and assessments
Annual reviews and assessments are necessary for organizational improvement. As chairman of the board, you are responsible for ensuring that the CEO’s performance is reviewed each year and that annual review processes are implemented for all personnel.
You should also promote regular assessments of the organization’s successes and failures as well as a self-assessment of the performance of the board and its members.
Step 7: Strategic planning
Annual assessments provide opportunities to reflect upon past successes and failures, and to set goals for the future. Ideally, these goals should reflect the organization’s long-term strategic plan.
If the organization does not have a strategic plan, you should initiate a strategic planning process.
If a strategic plan exists, one of your responsibilities will be to promote and monitor the organization’s achievement of its long-term goals.
Planning for the future also means developing a succession plan for the CEO and assuring that succession plans exist for other key personnel.
As chairman of the board, you must also consider your own succession. If your successor is known, you can make the transition easier by including him or her in discussions with the CEO and committee chairs before the end of your term.
If your term ends with the election of your successor, you can meet with your successor and maintain contact on an as-needed basis.
Being elected chairman of a nonprofit board is an honor, but it involves serious responsibilities to the organization, the CEO and the other board members.
Your diligence in fulfilling these responsibilities, which includes taking these seven steps, can help you to be a highly effective chairman and to achieve success for the organization and your colleagues on the board.