School boards are held accountable by the community.
How can school districts and school boards work together to achieve the goals of the schools and the surrounding community? Faith VanderHorst, school board president from the School District of Menomonee Falls, joins Janet on this episode to talk about how the relationship between the superintendent and the board significantly contributes to the success of the district.
- What’s most important for superintendents to understand when working with the board to have the greatest opportunity to be successful?
- How do goals and measures help build relationships between boards and superintendents?
- We focus our work with organizations using an improvement framework and mind-set. What does that mean to boards?
Building strong relationships among high-level executives means having all three crucial elements present, says Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Sr. Associate Dean of Yale School of Management. These elements are: respect, trust and candor. First, let's talk about respect, as it is the foundation for the formation of what can occur.
Could your board meetings be more effective? Can you improve your agenda to give your directors the ability to help crystallize and drive your strategic objectives? This article explores setting the perfect agenda to maximize the quality of your board meetings.
By regularly conversing with board members about their board role, work and transparently taking action, leaders build trust, nurture relationships with board members, and help members feel valued, which increases resilience and engagement. We recommend executive leaders make time for board rounding throughout the year.
Trusting relationships are critical for success in any organization. In this video, Dr. Lisa Herring describes how her team was intentional about communicating and connecting to build relationships with multiple stakeholder groups. These strategies supported the larger, strategic aim of increasing stakeholder trust.