When I started working with OREA 7 years ago, I knew very little about the world of associations. When I heard people talk about governance I was more than a little embarrassed that I hadn’t a clue what they were talking about. I faked it for some time before I admitted I needed to learn more.
That’s not a dissimilar experience for hundreds of new volunteer leaders who take on a position with their board of directors for the first time. Being a board member is in many ways very different from being a REALTOR®. And these REALTORS® have only a short time to get up to speed and become contributing members of the board. It can be intimidating to admit that one doesn’t know all about governance and, more importantly, what it takes to achieve good governance.
That’s why the OREA Centre for Leadership Development decided to produce new Just-in-time Learning videos on the topic. Understanding Governance is a series of four short instructional video tutorials specifically for new association volunteers and leaders. The series provides practical, useful explanations on good governance, governance documents, association roles and director responsibilities. And since the series is designed for busy volunteers and association leaders, each video lasts only a few minutes.
The videos are free to watch through the OREA website and the OREA YouTube Channel. We hope you find them helpful in your leadership development. Feel free to share them with others who might benefit from learning more about governance.
Here are links to the videos to get you started:
1. What is Good Governance?
2. Governance Documents
3. Association Roles
4. Duties of Directors
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