6 Good Governance
The performance of any TEI, together with the contribution made by the council and Chief Executive is influenced by the ongoing relationship between the council and the Chief Executive. It is important that there is an open and positive relationship. This is generally characterised by:
- understanding and agreeing each other’s roles, but accepting that there is no “black and white” definition of those roles
- mutual confidence and trust in capability and expertise
- mutual constructive questioning – critical inquiry and disagreement, but in a collegial environment
- active debate and discussion – willingness and acceptance of the need to challenge each other
- the council behaving as the “critical friend” of the Chief Executive and supporting the Chief Executive to be successful
- the Chief Executive trusting and valuing the council, sharing difficult information and new initiatives at a formative stage and considering the council to be a valuable asset.
A number of councils adopt an expectations statement that outlines the main expectations that the council has of the Chief Executive and that the Chief Executive has of the council.