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Creating an effective board takes work and intent. We define Intentional Governance as: deliberate and intentional processes addressing board structure, dynamics, and culture that enable the board to realize its highest potential.

There are seven essential elements of governance: board recruitment, board structure, board culture, education and development, evaluation and performance, continuous governance improvement, and leadership succession planning. Each guide in this series is designed to provide takeaway tools and assist readers in developing customized Intentional Governance plans related to each essential element.


Board Education and Development: An Intentional Governance Guide: Trends, Tips, and Tools

Each of the seven pillars of Intentional Governance should be reviewed and assessed periodically in order to ensure ongoing high performance at the board level. Educational programs, as part of annual education and development plans, provide the necessary building blocks for developing a highly effective board. When looking at it through the intentional governance framework, board education needs to be deliberate, planned, and appropriate. This toolbook focuses on five key areas of board education and development: a formal orientation program, annual assessment of the board’s ongoing education needs, an annual board education plan that includes education goals and processes to meet those goals, appropriate resource allocation for education, and certification of some kind if appropriate for your board members.



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