This book describes an approach to participatory management and leadership that has proven effective for organizations in U.S. and other western countries where people won’t permit teambuilding to develop to the exclusion of individuality. The groundbreaking core of the book shows how this participatory management strategy, Person-Centered Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations, can be incorporated with great success into high stress nonprofit organizations. The book describes the leadership philosophy and day-to-day operations of an award-winning social service organization that targets youth and their families while successfully using person-centered strategies as the management model.
Chapter 7: The Board of Directors: The Creation of a New Participatory Model
The Board of Directors: The Creation of a New Participatory Model
On a warm—and what turned out to be interesting—October evening, we had our first formal contact with the Oasis board. We had been heavily into this research project for approximately six months, and at that point, we had a reasonably firm grasp of the infrastructure, culture, and operations of the agency—as well as its place in the community. While we had learned about the board's functions from the agency-personnel point of view, however, we had interviewed by that time only a single board member. Thus, in the category of dynamics between the organization and its board, we had only half the picture. We needed ...