No relationship is as important as that between the Board and the organization’s senior manager or head ice technician.  This individual works for the Board.  It is this relationship which determines the effectiveness of the organization. 

The Board’s primary role in working with the senior staff is to monitor and evaluate management, operations and organizational results.  These results are founded on the direction(s) given by the Board through the organization’s vision, mission, strategic plans and policies.  And, because senior staff is accountable for achieving organizational results determined by the Board, design and implementation of an appraisal system that measures performance against agreed-upon goals, is another Board responsibility. 

A thoughtfully designed partnership will nurture strong leadership throughout the organization.  As with all partnerships, the parties must know and respect the strengths and weaknesses brought to the relationship by each partner.  All parties must clearly understand their roles, responsibilities and reporting relationships.