Becoming A Better Board 

Tom was a lawyer and on their Board. When a legal issue arose he quickly stated that the organization "must do _____________."

And while that guidance would seem appropriate and helpful, the Board Chair knew otherwise. He said, "Tom, I know you are a lawyer and a great lawyer at that! But Tom, you are not our lawyer. we have a lawyer, you are our Board member."

If the board that you are on or you report to has not had recent board training, I can guarantee that they are not performing at their highest potential and they are frustrating each other and the employees.



There is one consistent issue we see with boards; rarely does anybody become a part of a board because they know how to achieve board excellence.



*Are they very wise? Yes.


*Do they have specialized technical skills? Usually. 

*Do they know the difference between means and ends, and which to focus on?


*Do they represent a subset of the owners (either real or moral owners)? Very often.


*Do they know what high-functioning boards do? No.

*Do they receive regular board training? No.


*Do they receive any board training? Often they are just told or they see what others have done and are doing and they do more of that.


As a result, many, many, many boards spend far too much time working on "means" as opposed to "strategic ends."


A large number of those who sit on boards have received little to no training in:


▶ Governance


▶What's not OK even if it works

▶Board-executive relationship

▶Making meetings meaningful



All of that has a direct impact on the effectiveness of your organization, either positively or negatively. 



If you are looking to help your board function, work, and work on what it should work on then we at DC Leadership Training & Consulting can help! Contact us today for a free consultation.

We have worked with other boards to gain clarity, receive training, hire better, operate as a team, and achieve greater results!


If you are looking to make successful changes in your business or organization, then we want to do business with you! 


Don Cruickshank, MALM (Masters in Leadership & Management)

*Certified in Team Leadership

*Leading From Your Strengths Certified Trainer, Coach, Consultant


- Empowering individuals and organizations towards creating successful futures

© 2019 by Don Cruickshank