Good Governance Practices

Establishing and implementing Good Governance Practices is the single most useful activity an organization’s board of directors can do to create a higher functioning board while building the right foundation for achieving an organization’s vision and mission.

Our Certified Governance Trainer and Governance Consultants guide leaders and board members through the complexities of developing and implementing effective governance practices that ultimately lead to more effective organizations.

Good Governance Practices

Board Roles and Responsibilities

Board members must understand the board’s role, authority and responsibility to effectively lead and govern the organization. Effective training programs and tools are utilized by BoardSource Certified Governance trainer and governance professionals to provide knowledge and expertise in the areas of financial, program and CEO oversight, strategic and performance management, board meetings, financial resources, Board and CEO leadership/partnership and building a competent board.


The board’s role is to not only determine the mission of the organization but the strategic direction (Vision, Mission, Core Values, and Goal) and oversee good performance management practices. Through SMG’s proven planning methodology (MAPP) professional certified training professionals help organizations achieve exceptional performance.

Board Assessment

Board self-assessment allows the organization to lay a foundation for setting board development priorities and motivating board members — individually and collectively — to strengthen the full board’s governance performance and practices.

Through an online tool, establish a common understanding of board roles and responsibilities and measuring your board’s performance against recognized roles and responsibilities, your board can focus on what’s critical for success. Based on the findings in the assessment a Governance Implementation Plan can be developed.

The assessment covers board practices and policies plus these nine areas of board responsibility:

  • Mission
  • Strategy
  • Funding and public image
  • Board composition
  • Program oversight
  • Financial oversight
  • CEO oversight
  • Board structure
  • Board meetings

Board Leadership Development

The Board Leadership Development Program is a training program specifically designed to enhance the leadership skills of Board Members. It includes modules for prospective, new, and current board members developed by a BoardSource certified governance trainer and governance experts. It also includes an advanced topics module for more seasoned board members.

Effective Governance Documents

Bylaws, Board Policies and Procedures – Are your Board’s up to date and complete? BoardSource Certified Governance trainer and governance professionals provide knowledge and expertise to assist you in evaluating and developing governance documents to help ensure compliance, transparency and accountability.

Board Structure and Composition

Form follows Function. Does your organization have the right board structure and composition to effectively achieve your strategic plan? Does the structure meet the needs of the organization – number of board members, terms of board members, committees, and task forces all have an impact on a highly effective organization. Do you have the right composition of board members and have a process to identify and recruit these individuals? BoardSource Certified Governance trainer and governance professionals provide knowledge and expertise to assist you in evaluating, developing and implementing the “form” of your organization and board.

Free 5-Minute Assessment