Some Observations on Board-Executive Relationships in the Voluntary Agency

By Herman D. Stein

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1961

For an agency to function ably, it requires a healthy working relationship between its board and its executive, and this relationship can be played out in several arenas. For example, while it is generally understood that a board determines policy and an executive implements it, the instigator of new policy is variable from agency to agency; thus, an agency's functional understanding of the source of new directives will smooth over potential overstepping of boundaries. The board should be responsible to map out its plan for the future of an agency or be willing to let that future be shaped by the executive. The executive should be responsible to use his expertise and first-hand knowledge for the betterment of the agency as a whole, keeping his 'manipulation' of the board as virtuous as possible. As well, board members and the executive should foster positive relationships that do not infringe on professional concerns, allowing for the business of the agency to be conducted in the board room (not on the golf course) and without personal considerations unduly affecting decisions.

Topic: Management and Administration, Organizational Development, Leadership, Jewish Organizations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 37/No. 3

Page Number(s): 390-396

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Stein, Herman D. Some Observations on Board-Executive Relationships in the Voluntary Agency. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1961: 390-396.


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