Board chair's authority
July 21, 2009
The chair’s authority and responsibilities:
- Starting and ending the meeting on time.
- Setting a positive tone for the meeting.
- Preserving order.
- Moving the meeting along by adhering to the agenda.
- Keeping discussion centered on the issue.
- Allowing all sides of an issue the opportunity to be heard.
- Treating all board members fairly and equally.
- Understanding basic parliamentary procedures.
- Bringing issues to a conclusion.
Interpersonal skills are important to your position:
Encourage - Be friendly and responsive to others; accept others' contributions.
Mediate - Identify areas of compromise, recognize differences of opinion and ideas, and conciliate.
Monitor - Make sure all board members participate. Limit discussion by those who dominate. Keep the discussion on the issue.
Set standards - Promote professionalism, establish rules of conduct, model ethical behavior.
Initiate – Suggest new ideas, propose new activities, encourage creative thinking.
Seek information - Ask for relevant facts and data.
Clarify - Probe, restate, define discussions, identify points of agreement.
Test - Check to see if the board is ready to take action.
Relieve tension - Know when to defuse conflict and repair wounded feelings.
Summarize - Review the discussion, defining its content. Bring out important points. Identify needed actions.
Communication with the board and public