Belief # 1: Boards exist to oversee management.
Instead, consider: Boards exist to lead on behalf of owners.
Belief #2: We improve governance by solving existing problems.
Instead, consider: Governance excellence demands a holistic, systemic approach.
Belief # 3: We need more of a certain type of person/identifiable group on boards.
Instead, consider: All board members must be able to (1) transcend their own personal interests, (2) engage in dialogue with their legal/moral owners, and (3) wisely and effectively translate that input into performance.
Belief #4: Governance is a dry, boring subject.
Instead, consider: Governance is about people, communities, values, power, happiness, frustration, fairness, conflict, creativity, and making the world a better place.
Belief #5: To be a good board member, you have to have been a good manager.
Instead, consider: To be an excellent board member, you must be willing to invest your personal power into the leadership of a group.
Belief #6: To increase board accountability, we must sacrifice CEO/staff freedom.
Instead, consider: Accountability and freedom can be maximized simultaneously.
Belief #7: Board members don’t require job training; they know all they need to know or they wouldn’t be on the board.
Instead, consider: Board members exhibit leadership by learning, and there is a lot to learn about governance.
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See also: Five Questions All Boards Should Ask