Practical insights for physician board members and chief executives.
Physician leaders are often asked to serve on boards of nonprofit organizations. Physicians in transition may also want to explore this—not only as an opportunity to apply their leadership skills outside of clinical practice—but also as way to give back to their communities.
I have found that a lot of ink has been devoted to the theories that drive nonprofit board leadership—but perhaps, too little about the nuts and bolts of ensuring effective boards. While serving on a nonprofit board can be richly rewarding, it can also present a leadership challenge. Depending on your past experience, you may want to take a closer look at the practical aspects of nonprofit governance, including formulating board structure and process, developing a strong partnership between board and staff, and structuring effective board and