Dr. Ben Sells – Insights Into Nonprofit Board Service

“I have a great board of trustees. They have been so engaged. They’re so supportive. They ask the hard questions when there have been more complex issues. We’ve taken the time, over several meetings, to make bigger decisions.” -Dr. Ben Sells

Whether we realize it or not, each of us benefits from the work of the nonprofit sector. A strong nonprofit sector is key to thriving communities. At Next Gen Nonprofit Leadership with Tommy Thomas, we are on a journey – a journey to play a small part in equipping the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

Unlike similar shows where the guests often make their living writing, teaching, or speaking about leadership, our guests are seasoned leaders, and there is something we can learn from their experience that will make the nonprofit stronger and more effective.

Every day, nonprofits feed, heal, shelter, educate, inspire, and nurture people of every age, race, and socioeconomic status. The common thread that runs through each nonprofit story is that the impact of the organization rises and falls on leadership – leadership throughout the organization and leadership at the board level.

Join me, Dr. Tommy Thomas as we talk with Ben Sells – President of Ouachita Baptist University about nonprofit Board Service.

Show Notes

0:52 – The purpose of a nonprofit Board

8:26 – What does a Board Chair do to draw quite members into the conversation?

9:50 – The selection of the Board Chair

12:38 – What questions is the Ouachita Board asking itself these days?

17:36 – The Board and Risk Management

18:54 – Closing remarks – Counsel to an incoming Board Chair

“I have found with the most significant issues, it can often take three or four board meetings because you’re trying to build context and understanding and to encourage presence. Board members should be intentional and patient about that.” -Dr. Ben Sells

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