The best boards combine in a fruitful way a passion for a group's mission with the competence to make a significant contribution.
I've come to realize that the competence of a typical volunteer board doesn't often hold a candle to the competence of the people it governs. People who work for love in volunteer organizations see important needs to be met, want to work in a values-based setting, are ready to hold themselves accountable, and expect their gifts to be properly used. In the process, while they seldom articulate it, they expect the chance to grow toward their potential. Boards can help in a remarkable way to give them that chance.
one thing we can say about the game is that the participants always know the score. They know how they're doing. This is important.
If the board regularly composes a well-thought-out agenda, there will always be a north star.