6 Good Governance
Trust, respect and collegiality
Councils’ effectiveness requires a positive council environment of mutual trust and openness amongst council members. In such an environment, council members acknowledge that constructive debate, open discussion and confidence in each other’s capabilities are essential ingredients of a high-performing council.
Observations on good governance include:
- Hard solutions (based on structure, composition, etc) will not solve all the challenges of achieving excellence in governance.
- It’s not the rules and regulations of governance that enable excellence in governance – it’s the way council members work together and with management.
- The real challenge for governance excellence isn’t ensuring regulatory compliance – it’s achieving enhanced performance – for a council.