Excellence in Governance. Alberta School Boards Association. January 2011 George B. Cuff, FCMC. Topics to be Covered. Agenda. Some Introductory Background Why Governance and Leadership are Important The Essence of Leadership The Keys to Good Governance The Challenges of Governing
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Alberta School Boards Association
George B. Cuff, FCMC
Governance & leadership are important because:
The process of exercising leadership:
Understand & preserve your mandate
Be clear re: vision/values/goals/priorities
Trustees are chosen as the representative of the “community”
Board & Superintendent need clarity re: collective & personal accountability
Orientation must be focused on the meaning & processes of governance
Board decision-making based on legislation & policies
Board decisions flow from Board generated policies
Board policies flow from various inputs
Trustees confidence & success of policies rooted in trust relationship with Superintendent/administration
10. Trustees need respect for fellow board members
11. System committed to full disclosure of relevant information
12. Regular reporting on system results the shared responsibility of Trustees & Superintendent
The relationship of the Board to its chief officer is one of the most significant keys to any system of governance. This relationship must be founded on respect, trust, role clarity, open communication,
transparency of decision-making
and no surprises.
“There is nothing more useless in life than doing efficiently that which should not be done at all” (Peter Drucker)
If you see a snake, just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes.
H. Ross Perot