Sunday, April 24, 2011

Governance as Leadership: Spotlighting a neglected model

When Chait, Ryan and Taylor's seminal book, Governance as Leadership, came out in late 2004, the three-phase model described so shook my thinking about how we frame the work of boards that it became the starting point for my doctoral dissertation.

Even as I immersed myself in research exploring what I considered the 'big news' of the model - generative governance - I anxiously awaited the inevitable onslaught of scholarly and practitioner articles. Surely, I thought, something this revolutionary would generate wide attention and discussion in the field and amongst governance scholars. For the most part, though, that broader visibility hasn't come. 

It is easier to find a link referencing the Governance as Leadership model than it was two or three years ago, but it's hardly dominated discussions about how boards can function more effectively. That is unfortunate for, while we might debate the nuances of the model, there is little doubt in my mind that the potential contribution to expanded thinking about governance is large. 

I'll admit my own culpability in not advancing the discussion. I can (and should) write a series on Governance as Leadership, beyond the results of my research. That series may come later this year. In the meantime, I'll share two things to give you a taste of the model that inspired and shaped a year of my scholarly life (and forever shifted my thinking about governance):
  • The bookmarks I've collected about the mode
  • An audio podcast that I recorded for another purpose, in which I offer a brief overview of the model and its three phases.


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