The "Partnership" of Executive and Board"--Myth or Reality

By Louis Goldstein

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1964

Many agency executives see their role as one of partnership with their board members; thus, they build friendships with board members and assume that they and the board have an equal stake in the success and development of the organization. However, executives and board members do not have the same power, their stakes are not the same, and this expectation of partnership is based on myth rather than fact. Assuming equal partnership with board members distracts from an executive's "real" duties and may cause significant tension and breakdown during crisis situations. Ultimately, an executive must recognize his own leadership role and responsibility in order best to serve himself, his profession, his staff, and the client community.

Topic: Management and Administration, Organizational Development, Governance, Leadership

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 41/No. 1

Page Number(s): 46-54

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Goldstein, Louis. The "Partnership" of Executive and Board"--Myth or Reality. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1964: 46-54.


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