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

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6Leading UpThe CEO's Opportunity

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

—John C. Maxwell, author, speaker, and pastor

As the preceding case of the American Geophysical Union illustrated, a healthy partnership between CEO and board members is one of the ingredients for successful board change. The best partnerships are those in which the CEO facilitates a more strategic board. Chris McEntee, AGU's executive director (ED), described her responsibility to the board:

From my perspective it is really important for me to think through how I can best put the background information to make it come alive for discussion and decision making. The processes and systems needed to fulfill what you really mean by strategic governance. ...

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