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Transformational Governance: How Boards Achieve Extraordinary Change by Katha Kissman, Beth Gazley

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5Leading SidewaysInfluencing Change within the Board

The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.

—Kenneth H. Blanchard

Carol Finn, former president of the board of directors of the American Geophysical Union, heard the question loud and clear: Why would we even think about doing anything? She recalls:

When I became secretary/treasurer in 2008, we had a solid foundation: a good balance sheet, publications, staff, and a world-class meeting. But we weren't prepared for the future. I heard, “Why would you even think about doing anything?” But the flipside to all the “good” was the fact that there was no direction. We were living in the past. We were the world's largest association of earth and space scientists, with over 60,000 ...

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