Build Better CEO/Board Chair Relationships (Book Preview)


Some time ago we posted a piece on The CEO/Board Chair Relationship, with practical tips for nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs who want to partner more effectively on behalf of their organizations. It was one of our most well-received blogs, eliciting several reader comments and a re-post by BoardAssist. Clearly, there is an appetite for resources on how to build better CEO/Board Chair relationships.

On Valentine’s Day, the sector will have more information to sink its teeth into, with the publication of John M. Fulwider’s new e-book Better Together: How Top Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs Get Happy, Fall in Love, and Change Their World. Admit it: It warms your heart, doesn’t it?

Fulwider may be telling a love story, but it’s no fairy tale. We were able to preview the book, and can attest that it is chock-full of vignettes, case studies, and real-life examples of what healthy CEO/Board Chair relationships look like and how to foster them.

This resource is rooted in Fulwider’s belief in the transformative potential of these “leadership partnerships” to help nonprofits to achieve their missions. And it is eminently practical, as exemplified by the three keys he describes for taking your CEO/Board Chair relationship from surviving to thriving. (Get a peek at the three keys by going to the website and clicking on “Bonus Material.”)

We’re excited about this new resource not only because of its positive messaging about how CEOs and Board Chairs can work together to lift one another up rather than trip one another up, but for what we think may be translatable lessons for other forms of co-leadership and collaborative leadership. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think. Let’s keep this conversation about better CEO/Board Chair relationships going!

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