Blogmas Day 2: The Head, Chair and Clerk Working Relationship

An effective Governing Body needs clear leadership and direction, therefore a good working relationship between the Head, Chair and Clerk is pivotal to ensuring a Governing Body runs smoothly, efficiently and strategically.

Speed of Trust

“The first job of a leader – at work or at home – is to inspire trust. It’s to bring out the best in people by entrusting them with meaningful stewardships, and to create an environment in which high-trust interaction inspires creativity and possibility.”

{Stephen M.R.Covey, The Speed of Trust}

You may have heard the term “speed of trust” which is taken from Stephen Covey’s no. 1 bestseller. Essentially – when trust goes up in a relationship, or a team, speed goes up with it and cost comes down. Everything happens faster and everything costs less because trust has been established. This is a key part of creating an effective working relationship between the Head, Chair and Clerk and therefore in ensuring effective Governance.

What Contributes to Effective Governance

How Each Role Contributes to Good Governance

Succession Planning

Consider how your Governing Body can:

  • Attract and keep good quality Governors 
  • Spot and nurture leadership qualities early 
  • Develop the skills of all Governors 
  • Provide quality training, coaching and mentoring 
  • Encourage everyone to take a role 

Developing the Role of Chair

For continuity, the Vice Chair could be the “Chair in training”. To help a potential new Chair develop, consider giving them a chance to:

How would you rate your current Head, Chair, Clerk working relationship?  What works well?  What challenges do you face?  Comment below to share ideas with the Pro Clerking community.

Coming up

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Day 3:  Minute taking buzz words


Published by Ellie Hully

Business Health & Home

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