Good leadership

Key principle: Leadership is one of the key roles of any management committee/board. Every voluntary and community organisation should be led and controlled by a management committee/board which ensures delivery of its objects,sets its strategic direction and upholds its values.

Principle 1 of the Code of Good Governance

Good leadership by management committees enables groups and organisations to operate efficiently and effectively.  Its basis must be a clear understanding of the governance role and of the dynamics of the organisation for which the committee is responsible.  More on the role of the management committee.

The management committee must ensure that everything the organisation does supports its vision, purpose and aims. It establishes and protects the fundamental values, ethical principles and policies which govern the activities of the organisation.  More on vision, mission and values.

An effective management committee provides a clear plan for how the organisation will work towards achieving its vision and how they will ensure that these activities are resourced. The committee also needs to regularly review the challenges and opportunities faced to enable them to anticipate, manage and respond to change.  More on strategic planning and managing change.

Ultimately, the management committee is the decision-making forum for the organisation and should ensure that it is well-informed in its decisions through effective planning, monitoring and review of the organisation and its activities.  More on monitoring and evaluation.

Useful links

ACEVO

Useful publications and good practice guidance for Management Committees and chief executives in the voluntary and community sector.

Charity Commission for England and Wales

Good practice principles in their wide range of downloadable publications can also be applied to charities in Northern Ireland.

CO3 - Chief Officers 3rd Sector

The mission of CO3 is to provide excellence in third sector leadership. The website provides information about events and publications helpful to leaders in the third sector.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Provides guidance on a range of topics relevant to management committees under topic of trustees and governance.

NI Charity Commission

The new Charity Commission for Northern Ireland came into being on the 1st June 2009.

Local training and support organisations

Role of management committees: where can I get more information?