I chose this quote for its evergreen nature, and for its "current events" applicability (let's just say it it always seems to hit a little too close to home).
Stating the obvious is the title of the publication containing Kenneth Dayton's quote, Governance is Governance. We may occasionally be called to advise on management functions. We may sometimes have to manage aspects of the work, especially in a nonprofit's early days when there may literally be no one else to complete those essential tasks.
But in the end, our ultimate responsibility as board members is to govern - to guard and advance the vision and mission of our organizations. If we don't govern, it doesn't happen. Sadly, many of us need Dayton's reminder to not let that core reason for being get lost in the day-to-day shuffle.
Are you governing, or are you managing?