Board Leadership Essentials

Board Leadership Essentials™

Developing and maintaining a healthy, engaged & strategic Board

Clarity of roles & responsibilities

Communication & collaboration

Effective & engaging processes

"JBL Strategies' advice and assistance has helped us transform our organization into a more sustainable and
impactful nonprofit with a board focused on governance, oversight and development."
- Mary Sue Butler Clyne, Drive A Senior Central Texas, Board Chair

To address the growing demand for training in the area of nonprofit Board leadership, leadership professionals Jane Baxter Lynn and Craig Snook of JBL Strategies created Nonprofit Board Leadership Essentials (BLE). BLE is a customized board development process that works with nonprofits to build and maintain effective, engaged and energized Boards for the long-term benefit of the organization and its mission.

Feedback from our clients and networks has shown that some of the greatest challenges nonprofit organizations face is the lack of an engaged and intentionally structured Board and/or ineffective relationships between the Board and executive staff. A dysfunctional nonprofit Board can be both disruptive and time consuming for everyone involved. Whereas, a strong, functioning Board can significantly grow an organization’s capacity and help take it to the next level.

How can we help?

BLE is based on the fundamentals of Board Leadership and JBL Strategies’ unique integrated model of leadership, strategy and communication. Jane and Craig’s approach gives the Board a sense of ownership and encourages collaboration between the Board and executive staff. Their focus is on continuity and addresses the root cause of the Board’s challenges, rather than implementing quick fixes that don’t take into account the long term.

How does it work?

Jane and Craig work with the Board and executive staff to develop the content for a customized Board development process. This typically includes some or all of the following components:

  1. Planning session with chair and/or appropriate board representative and executive director/CEO.
  2. Review of current Board processes and operations.
  3. Assessment of relevant documents such as strategic plan, fundraising plan, metrics etc.
  4. Creation, distribution and evaluation of a confidential Board survey.
  5. Preparation and facilitation of Board training session/s, including meeting(s) with leadership; customized content and materials, and post-training follow up with next steps (can be held at board meetings, retreats or other pre-arranged times).
  6. Practical tools and checklists, and assistance with developing policies and procedures.
  7. Direct coaching of Board leadership.
  8. Availability to advise Board and executive staff as-needed.

What will it do for your organization?

  • Help Board members gain clarity on their roles & responsibilities and how their contributions impact the organization’s mission.
  • Engage Board members to become more energized, focused and accountable to the organization.
  • Reduce unproductive meetings and planning sessions.
  • Build greater rapport and teamwork between Board members and executive staff.
  • Ensure consistent Board leadership through intentional succession planning.
  • Help leadership implement sustainable and consistent processes.
  • Clarify or reinforce the organization’s strategic direction, positioning and messaging.
  • Align the Board with key organizational priorities and outcomes.

What's next?

For a free 30-minute zoom or phone consultation contact: sign up at or contact Jane Baxter Lynn at or 512-529-7685.


Jane Baxter Lynn

Jane Baxter Lynn

Craig Snook

Craig Snook

To learn more about our presenters please see their bios on About page