How Can Boards Help ED’s Thrive?

Lori Halley 09 October 2013 0 comments

What role should your board play in ensuring your executive director is motivated and energized instead of burnt out and disengaged?

One of our readers commenting on our post - Recognizing Non-profit Burnout - and Taking Steps to Achieve Balance - suggested:

“it's key for orgs to embrace and promote live/work balance among staff and in the larger community.”

This is especially true for small non-profits and membership organizations where one individual often manages the operation single-handed or with a skeletal staff. And it’s easy to become overwhelmed and stressed out by a seemingly endless list of tasks and limited resources.

The fact is that all employees need to feel supported and valued - including your Executive Director or association manager.  So it falls to the board of directors to step up and sometimes step in to offer your ED feedback and support to help them find balance and stay motivated. After all, energy is contagious. So it stands to reason that if your ED is thriving your organization will be too.

Movie Mondays video offers tips

Your non-profit or association’s executive director spends a lot of time reporting to your board. But when was the last time your board checked in with the ED to see how she/he was doing? In  a recent Movie Monday video - Episode #244 - Earl Bell (one of the two presenters) asks: “has any board member asked their ED what aren’t you getting from the board that you wished you could?”

This Movie Mondays video (below) “offers some very practical tips on how your board can truly help your executive director thrive.”

See the video

Does your board help energize your ED or association manager?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Wednesday, 09 October 2013 at 8:30 AM

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