Executive Director Robert Benes (bob.benes@lakesandpines.org) said there could be any one of a thousand reasons the executive director fails in his position and loses his job.

“If I was to distill it down to its essence, I would have to say they fail because they at some point start to believe the title on their door and forget who is boss,” Benes said. “The boss will always be the board.”

One reason for this: The executive director tends to be an action-oriented individual. Mix that personality type with a board that is slow or hesitant to make decisions or just plain contrary and “the executive director wants to step up and take charge and lead,” Benes said.

That is when trouble starts.

“This is when any of those 1,000 reasons big or small may come in and rise to the level of terminal,” Benes said. This is why the executive director always needs to keep the board “out front,” so that the CEO can survive most anything, he said.

If the executive director has gotten ahead of his or her board to the point that the board is now visible only in your rearview mirror, trouble looms. “There are countless things then that can and will trip us up,” Benes said.