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The board's role: Build governance capacity and evaluate the board's own performance

The board is responsible for its own development, job design, discipline and performance.

It must take responsibility for itself and the governing function for as long as the board is blindly led, it will never get to looking at the future. Ultimately, the board is responsible for sustaining the organization’s vision through assuring it has integrity in the process of governing.

In some smaller organizations the board does double duty and also serves as the organization’s staff. This is called “a working board”. Working boards are project managers for the most part. Working boards often fail to govern the organization because they are too busy managing projects. We recommend that working boards split their agendas to allow for governing time as well as project management time.