Five Basic Tenets

Five Basic Tenets

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No instruction manual exists to guarantee success for an organization managing through difficult, uncertain times or capitalizing on opportunities during good times. However, one certainty is clear: All of the best strategies, creative ideas and brilliant game plans cannot succeed or be sustained without strong, effective leadership.
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Leadership is the uniquely consistent and defining force behind great, enduring organizations.
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Leadership can't be bought, controlled, grabbed or bestowed regardless of title, position, status or power. Rather, leadership is invited and can only be given willingly by others.
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No playbooks, simple formulas or prescriptions exist for how to become a true leader. However, there are principles and guidelines that can be learned and applied only through a process of personal, active engagement and self-discovery.
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Opportunities abound for associations to make tangible and far-reaching contributions to their members, industries and professions. By their very nature, however, associations operate in an environment of planned and rapid turnover and are subject to varying and often conflicting objectives, discontinuous interactions, and fragile commitments of time-pressed volunteer board members. To overcome these inherent hurdles and fulfill their promise, associations must not only ensure their boards comprise skilled, dedicated and credible individuals, but that they also acquire and possess certain organizational competencies such as effective governance, strategic thinking and action taking, innovation, change management, and, most importantly, leadership. Building leadership capacity and performance on the board is imperative to ensuring the association is vital, value-creating and sustainable.
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