ART. II POL. 2 | GOVERNANCE STYLE
The Commission will govern lawfully with an emphasis on (a) outward vision rather than internal preoccupation and individual agendas, (b) encouragement of diversity of viewpoints, (c) strategic leadership rather than administrative detail, (d) clear distinction of Commission roles, (e) collective rather than individual decisions, (f) future rather than past or present, and (g) proactive rather than reactive focus.
1. The Commissioners will cultivate a sense of group responsibility. The Commissioners, not Commission staff, will be responsible for excellence in governing. The Commissioners will develop and initiate governance policies for the Commission. The Commissioners will not use the expertise of individual Commissioners to substitute for the judgment of the Commission as an entire body, although the expertise of individual Commissioners may be used to enhance the understanding of the Commissioners as an entire body.
2. The Commissioners' major policy focus will be on the Ends Polices and intended longterm effects of the Commission as a whole.
3. The Commissioners will enforce upon themselves whatever discipline is needed to govern with excellence. Discipline will be applied to matters such as attendance, preparation for meetings, policymaking principles, respect of roles, and ensuring the continuance of governance capability. Although the Commissioners can change the governance policies at any time, they will observe them while such policies are in effect.
4. Continual Commissioner development will include orientation of new Commissioners on the Commission’s governance processes, the Florida Civil Rights Act, and other pertinent state statutes, including Florida's Sunshine laws, administrative rules, and federal law, as well as periodic discussion of process improvement.
5. The Commissioners will not allow any officer, Commissioner, or committee of the Commission to hinder or be an excuse for not fulfilling their commitments.
Florida Commission on Human Relations - Governance Processes
September 2014 - Revised (Original November 2006)