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About leadership
Leaders need to be responsible to three "duties." The duty of care, loyalty, and obedience. 

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.

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