Perceptions of board chair leadership effectiveness in nonprofit and voluntary sector organizations

Harrison, Yvonne; Murray, Vic and Cornforth, Chris (2012). Perceptions of board chair leadership effectiveness in nonprofit and voluntary sector organizations. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary Nonprofit Organizations, 24(3) pp. 688–712.



This paper reports on the results of a multi-year, multi-phase international research investigation into what shapes perceptions of board chair leadership impact in nonprofit and voluntary organizations in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. This research, tests hypotheses derived from five theoretical perspectives on chair leadership effectiveness that emerged from prior research by (Harrison and Murray, forthcoming). The purpose of this phase of the research is to determine: a) whether there is empirical support for the theoretical perspectives advanced; and b) which perspective offers the best explanation for why some board chairs are perceived as having more impact in the role than others. The results suggest chair leadership effectiveness is best understood as a multi-dimensional theoretical construct explained by more than one leadership theory. The paper concludes with a discussion of the findings and directions for further research.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 32520
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1573-7888
  • Keywords
  • nonprofit board chair leadership; leadership effectiveness; leadership competency; team leadership; emotional intelligence; spiritual intelligence; relational leadership; and leadership impact
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  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © International Society for Third Sector Research and The John Hopkins University 2012
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  • Chris Cornforth