For many boards, the gap between this ideal and reality might paralyze - at least temporarily. May I suggest working on one area in the next year as a starting point? For example, commit to creating and adopting an effective board self-assessment process and watch how it transforms other areas of your board's performance.
What meaningful step can your board take to move it closer to exceptional governance?
(From a board library "must" title: The Handbook of Nonprofit Governance .)