National Youth Employment Coalition
Desired Qualities in a Board Chair
Vision and Commitment
- Committed to the organization's mission and success.
- Able to think strategically and focus on core issues.
- Able to articulate a vision for the organization.
- Has a history of active participation in different facets of the organization.
- Able spokesperson and advocate on the organization's behalf.
- Active listener.
- Builds Consensus.
- Works Collaboratively.
- Inspires and motivates others to contribute.
- Engages different voices and opinions.
- Recognizes and ameliorates problems, conflicts, and/or tensions.
- Keeps in touch with and is respected by members and other key constituencies.
- Focuses on goals of the organization; refrains from advancing personal goals.
- Identifies and takes advantage of individual strengths of board members.
- Respects and supports the chief staff officer; other staff; and board members.
- Adept at engaging each board member in an appropriate way.
- Ensures that individual members of the board, as well as different committees and task groups, work together as an effective whole.
- Facilitates meetings that are inclusive as well as efficient.
- Able to define and articulate measurable goals.
- Encourages innovation and continuous improvement.
- Diplomatic and able to serve as a mediator.
- Organized and skilled at prioritizing.
- Sets a good example.
- Illustrates a high level of personal integrity and ethics.
- Open-minded and fair.
o The Board Chair Handbook, BoardSource, 2003: "Traits of a Good Board Chair."
o boardsource.org, 1/27/05: "The Role of the Chair," "Habits of an Effective Chair," "Your Role as Board Catalyst and Morale Builder," and "Leadership Skills for Effective Governance."