Top 5 Board Leadership Skills for 2020

As we embark on a new year, it's a good time to consider skills you and your board could work on to become more effective. Here are 5 leadership/management skills your board/camp committee can work on in 2020: 
  1. Finding Great People: Recruiting, nominating, orienting, and supporting great lay leadership so you have smart, connected, engaged individuals working hard on your board/camp committee. 
  2. Filling Leadership Roles: Preparing for leadership turnover of key people, such as your president, treasurer, and committee chairs, with succession planning.
  3. Running Great Meetings: Supporting productive board/camp committee meetings with clear agendas, tools for decision making, keeping minutes, and approving required policies.
  4. Getting Better Every Year: Conducting an annual board/camp committee performance evaluation to identify strengths and areas for improvements. This sample allows board members to evaluate their own service and the board as a whole. 
  5. Moving on Gracefully: Sometimes a difficult Board member can drag down your whole board or camp committee and impede progress. There are skillful ways to address problematic board members
JCamp 180 is committed to helping your organization apply best practices to your camp’s governance. We’ve hand-picked great resources to support this important work on the Governance section of our Knowledge Center. We also offer professional development training for Board Chairs and Vice Chairs through the LEAP program, availble to all JCamp 180 affiliated camps.

Written by Julia Riseman. Julia is a Mentor with JCamp 180 and the JCamp 180 Legacy Program Director. She also leads JCamp 180's Data2Donors program to advance Alumni outreach, improve camp databases, and raise more major gifts. Julia has also sparked the creation of many JCamp 180 programs and offerings, including this blog.

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