Good Governance and Leadership

In the video we heard the TWO social enterprise governors discussing their own different approaches to governance, such as: TBD


The role of Governance of a social enterprise is to safeguard the Mission [or purpose] of the enterprise while Leadership should enable the management team in meeting or exceeding the demands of stakeholders as investors, employees, clients and beneficiaries, as well as comply with public policies and regulations.  Leaders are thus considered in this respect as operationally driven, while governors act as controllers of the enterprise.

This module recognises that no single Governance or Leadership structure fits all social enterprises. Rather, Governance through Leadership should be agile thus ready to adopt new practices and adapt to the changing needs of the management team.

What Are the Key Differences between a Governor and a Leader?

Governance provides strategic direction for leaders, helps them to foster commitment, shared aims and shall hold people to account.  Governors define the rules, provide advisory functions and enforce the rules.

Leadership contributes to effective governance by promoting interagency collaboration, shared understanding and clear roles and responsibilities.  Leaders will make things happen and put strategy into practice.

Exploring the Twelve Principles of Good Governance Presented by the Council of Europe:
Good Governance – the responsible conduct of public affairs and management of public resources is encapsulated in the Council of Europe 12 Principles of Good Governance.

Although these governance guides and toolkits are primarily directed toward local authorities and public services, they can be used by anyone as guiding principles. These 12 principles of good governance have been discussed in detail and the Council of Europe provide toolkits in their open access platform. 

For further reading visit: 12 Principles of Good Governance. If you want to download the document please click on the button below.