Yes, I said partnership in the title. At the end of the day, if you don’t have a partnership with your chief volunteer, you’re not in a good place. Not for you and not for the organization.
We all know that the board, led by the Chairman, sets the policy and direction of your chamber, but it is the CEO that implements that policy with his or her staff.
The strength of the relationship between the Chairman and CEO will have a direct impact on the success of the chamber and its program of work. You must have open and regular communication with your board Chairman.
And then there’s – Trust!
Without it you will have no partnership. You must both come from a place where you trust each other. You both need to be accountable for the work of the chamber and its success!
The CEO gets a new Chairman every year. And each year that can bring new challenges and opportunities in the relationship between the two.
The Chairman and CEO should always stay focused on the two being aligned, focused and share the same vision for the Chamber.
For resources on the Chairman/CEO partnerships go HERE.