League of American Orchestras
The Board Chair Handbook
A BoardSource eBook

The Board Chair Handbook focuses on helping board chairs carry out their responsibilities for the good of the organization. Whether you are a seasoned board chair wanting to brush up and learn something new, an incoming board chair seeking knowledge and skills, or a person considering the possibility of becoming a board chair, this book is intended to be user-friendly and practical. The guidance will also be useful to chief executives, other management personnel who interact with the board chair (including operations officers, development directors, financial officers, and marketing directors), and consultants who work with nonprofit organizations. Each chapter ends with a list of Board Chair’s Reminders — key tasks to help you do your job effectively.

This book is organized into three sections:

• The Foundation: Building Individual Capacity (Part I) focuses on preparing to take on the tasks and responsibilities of the board chair.

• The Journey: Optimizing the Work of the Board (Part II) deals with the application of strong leadership and sound governance practices with a focus on board process and board tasks.

• The Finale: Creating Endings and New Beginnings (Part III) addresses how to prepare for the end of your term as board chair, the importance of closure, and answering, “What’s next?”


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