Principle 1

Impactful, Purposeful Leadership

Rangatiratanga

Good boards are leaders.

Why Rangatiratanga and Impactful, Purposeful Leadership matters

Good boards collectively come together (like a woven mat) to focus on serving their kaupapa. They focus on making the most impact for their communities with the resources they have. They seek members with the right skills and relevant experience.

 

What the principle looks like in practice
p shared view

Shared view

Have a shared view of the future and focus on fulfilling their mission, and serving their communities, with aroha.

p plan

Plan

Make plans for achieving their goals and use those plans to prioritise how they spend the organisation’s money.

p focus

Focus

Use their plans in board discussions so they are focused on understanding the extent of the difference they are making, now and in the future.

p team

Team

Lead without egos and personal agendas, instead seeing themselves as teams focused on serving their communities.

Actions boards can take

Good boards work as teams and take time to build their teams. Work on yourself. As a start, make sure you understand each other’s skills and perspectives. Ensure there is good communication between members and management. 

Be clear about the purpose and values of your organisation. Use your foundation documents (like your trust deed, constitution, board policies, mission, vision, and strategic plan) to drive your board work. Create your strategic plan to achieve them. Set goals. Document them. Find ways of measuring how well you are doing against your goals. 

Create an annual board work plan. Make sure you make time to discuss not only the pressing issues of the day but also longer-term risks and opportunities. 

Ask at each meeting, have we added value? Review your board performance honestly by asking: what leadership does your board show and what impact do you make? Seek the views of management and stakeholders. 

Understand your role as board members and what leadership in a governance role means. It is different from being in a management or technical role. Get governance training for yourself and your whole board so you are all working together towards your vision, mission and goals. 

Make sure you have the right people on your board. Spend time on board recruitment: getting people with the right skills nominated for elections, or approach people with the right skills. Focus on getting the right mix of diverse board members. Ensure board members understand the needs and aspirations of the communities you serve. 

Think about the long-term goals of your organisation and the implications of current decisions for your community in the future. 

Make sure you have a good Chair. A good Chair should make sure meetings are productive and all board members contribute. 

Explore the six principles of our Good Governance Code

Principle 1
Impactful, Purposeful Leadership
Rangatiratanga
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Principle 1
Impactful, Purposeful Leadership
Rangatiratanga
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Good boards are leaders.

They are clear about the purposes of their organisations, and their leadership is focused on ensuring the organisations deliver maximum impact. Good boards provide strong foundations for their organisations and the communities they serve.

Why Rangatiratanga and Impactful, Purposeful Leadership matters

Good boards collectively come together (like a woven mat) to focus on serving their kaupapa. They focus on making the most impact for their communities with the resources they have. They seek members with the right skills and relevant experience.

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Principle 2
Connected Leadership
Whanaungatanga / Whakawhanaungatanga
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Principle 2
Connected Leadership
Whanaungatanga / Whakawhanaungatanga
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Good boards understand the importance of relationships and connections.

Board members unite to fulfil the purposes of their organisations, building strong relationships with each other and those they serve.

Why Whanaungatanga / Whakawhanaungatanga and Connected Leadership matters

Good boards identify and acknowledge the mana of all. They seek to build positive, strong relationships among board members and with the communities they serve. They come together to focus on common purposes and value the contribution of each board member.

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Principle 3
Diverse and Inclusive Leadership
Tuakiritanga
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Principle 3
Diverse and Inclusive Leadership
Tuakiritanga
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Great boards are diverse as the communities they serve.

They draw on the experiences of all board members and seek to enhance the integrity and leadership of all individuals who are members of the boards. They understand the importance of people and identity.

Why Tuakiritanga and Diverse and Inclusive Leadership matters

Good boards know that communities are made up of people with different aspirations and needs. To serve their communities well and make good decisions, boards need insight into their communities. They should aim to be connected and trusted by those they serve.

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Principle 4
Integrity and Accountability
Manaakitanga
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Integrity and Accountability
Manaakitanga
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Good boards understand their accountability to each other, to those who support and fund their kaupapa, and  to those they serve.

They seek and gain trust by always working with care, integrity, reciprocity, and respect.

Why Manaakitanga and Integrity and Accountability matters

Good boards understand their responsibility to uphold the highest standards of governance. Their positive reputation attracts committed board members. They care deeply for their members, the Kaupapa of the organisation, and as a result, energy and impact are sustained over time.

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Principle 5
Transparent and Open Leadership
Kaitiakitanga
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Principle 5
Transparent and Open Leadership
Kaitiakitanga
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Good boards are trusted by the communities they serve, their staff and volunteers, and their funders.

They seek to ensure their kaupapa is sustainable over time. They are open and accountable for their impact and use of resources. They seek genuine feedback and are willing to adapt and learn to best serve their communities.

Why Kaitiakitanga and Transparent and Open Leadership matters

Good boards build strong foundations for future growth. They know they are looking after a kaupapa on behalf of their communities and seek to maintain the kaupapa through transparency and engagement. They ensure their values and purposes align with their strategies and service delivery.

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Principle 6
Effective Governance Processes
Pono
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Principle 6
Effective Governance Processes
Pono
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Great boards do things right.

They have good internal governance processes and policies in place so that they operate legally, ethically, and effectively. Having streamlined processes means boards can focus on strategy and impact.

Why Pono and Effective Governance Processes matters

Having the right processes in place matters. It means the board is well-run and board members’ time is used efficiently and effectively. Good processes will also help build the trust and confidence of staff and funders. Good board processes assist the board to operate their organisation legally and ethically.

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