Proven Strategies For Building a High-Trust Relationship With Your Board Chair

Listen in as I interview governance expert Mary Hiland on the topic of Critical Mistake #10 EDs make when working with their board: EDs not being proactive in creating and building a strong partnership with the board chair.

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maryMary Hiland, Ph.D. has over thirty five years experience in the nonprofit sector – both as a board member and executive director. Mary is an organizational consultant whose services focus on strengthening nonprofit executive and board teams as powerful forces for community impact. Mary assists with effective governance, board development, leadership development, and strategic alliances. She is also an executive coach for new and experienced executives and board leaders. Mary has a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems with a focus on nonprofit leadership and governance. Mary is a researcher and published author. She has presented at numerous conferences, conducts workshops, and has taught nonprofit management and governance at San Jose State University. Mary has received numerous honors including Tribute to Women in Industry and the Silicon Valley Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award..
Questions she answers: ..
  1. Is this relationship important?..
  2. Does the board chair/ED relationship have an impact on the organization? If so, how?..
  3. What did they tell you about their relationships that’s helpful for others?.
  4. What did you learn about trust building from your research that would be helpful for executive directors to know?
  5. What are some strategies executive directors can use specifically to build a strong relationship with their board chairs?
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