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Leading Partners

Strengthening Board Chair-CEO Relationships

Leading Partners is a new program designed to strengthen the working relationships between CEOs and board chairs.

Leading Partners

Professionals and lay leaders are the twin engines that make nonprofits soar, and the Board Chair-CEO relationship is the critical joint that holds them together. When this partnership works, it can add tremendous value. When it doesn’t, it can be counterproductive.

Never has this been more apparent than during the COVID-19 pandemic. And we know that getting this partnership “right” will be crucial in enabling organizations — and our sector — to thrive in the future. 

Leading Partners is a practical, replicable structure for improving these relationships and elevating the way boards and executives lead nonprofits into this uncertain future. 

The program’s main pillars are: 

  1. Masterclasses with experts in topics essential for a strong Board Chair-CEO relationship
  2. An Executive Coach working directly and privately with each pair together
  3. Peer Sessions with facilitators on topics of importance to explore with other participants

After a successful pilot cohort of this program in 2020, Leading Edge is expanding the program in 2021.

Please note: At this early stage, participation is by invitation only.

“I got a lot out of the program, both professionally and personally. The coaching was helpful in navigating some challenging moments. And, most importantly, the program created the time and space for [my CEO] and I to have some great conversations together.” — Board Chair Participant, Leading Partners

  • Interested in learning more about Leading Partners?

    Feel free to be in touch with us at executiveprograms@leadingedge.org.

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