| Leaders need to be responsible to
three "duties." The duty of care, loyalty, and
Duty of Care
The duty of care describes the level of competence that
is expected of a leader, and is commonly expressed
as the duty of care that an ordinarily prudent
person would exercise in a like position and under similar
circumstances." This means that a leader owes the duty to exercise reasonable care when he or
she makes a decision as a steward of the organization.
That means leaders have a duty of care to:
- Act in "good faith" in the best interests
of the organization
- Make "reasonable inquiry" to be informed
- Participate in decisions.
- May rely on experts, including legal counsel; CPA
and staff, which protects member and Corporation
Duty of Loyalty
The duty of loyalty is a standard of faithfulness; a
leader must give undivided allegiance when making
decisions affecting the organization. This means that
a leader can never use information obtained as
a member for personal gain, but must act in the best
interests of the organization.
Duty of Obedience
The duty of obedience requires leaders to be faithful
to the organization's mission. They are not permitted
to act in a way that is inconsistent with the central
goals of the organization. A basis for this rule lies
in the public's trust that the organization will manage
donated funds to fulfill the organization's mission.