Good Governance

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.

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Twelve Principles of Good Governance Presented by the Council of Europe

  1. Participation, Representation, Fair Conduct of Elections
  2. Responsiveness
  3. Efficiency and Effectiveness
  4. Openness and Transparency
  5. Rule of Law
  6. Ethical Conduct
  7. Competence and Capacity
  8. Innovation and Openness to Change
  9. Sustainability and Long-Term Orientation
  10. Sound Financial Management
  11. Human Rights, Cultural Diversity and Social Cohesion
  12. Accountability

This section was the Introduction to the Module: Governance and Leadership. There have been three main directed learning elements to the module that have been presented here.

  1. What are the differences between governance and leadership?
  2. What are the keys to successful governance and leadership?
  3. Why are vision driven enterprises making all the headlines?

These elements will be unpacked in the following three sets of Online Seminars and Learning Materials, please enjoy learning more about Governance and Leadership for Social Enterprises.

Meanwhile the journal article presented provides a narrative on two different models of governance in social enterprise.

This is the end of the introductory session of Government and Leadership. Hope you enjoyed the journey and learnt about the government and leadership module you have started.  There are three more lessons you can now follow that take you from introduction to governance and leadership for social enterprises, understanding effective governance and leadership, managing stakeholder expectations and learning more about the power of the vision driven enterprise.