A board's most crucial relationship is the one it has with its staff. The division of responsibilities between board and staff is usually determined by the type of board governing the charity. A policy-making board will generally delegate most of the work to staff. A working board overseeing a charity run by volunteers may keep more of the work for itself.
Whatever the board decides, the line must be clearly defined. This boundary will affect how the board reviews staff performance and how the board, collectively and individually, interacts with staff members.