“Eclectic” is an accurate way to describe the mix of people on almost any nonprofit board. Getting a group of often highly successful people with multiple motives and perspectives to pull in the same direction is perhaps the quintessential challenge of the nonprofit world. The absence of the compelling profit motive that drives for-profit organizations makes this challenge all the more complex and fascinating.
This graphic is designed to spur our thinking about how a board member with an “abundance mindset” approaches the board’s two key functions: advancing the organization’s mission, and supporting/challenging the CEO. Haven’t all of us fallen into the “scarcity mindset” trap from time to time? I know I have!