Board Members Play Political and Diplomatic Roles in the Community

By its very nature, governing is a pretty aloof business that is accomplished well away from your district’s day-to-day operations, and that is the way it should be. The first and foremost habit of really high-impact school boards is that they really do concentrate on governing work.

However, this is not to say that you and your board colleagues should exclusively govern and do nothing else. A strong case can be made for you to play a hands-on, non-governing role in reaching out to key constituencies in your community.

There are two compelling reasons why you and your board colleagues should not limit yourselves to governing, strictly speaking. First, you are uniquely qualified to play a diplomatic and political role externally. Second, the need for your active involvement in this non-governing area is tremendous.

The challenge is to play this political and diplomatic role fully without seriously diluting your fundamental mission: to provide your district with high-impact governing.

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