Chief Executive Officer Annual Performance Evaluation

The Importance of DCM’s Annual CEO Performance Evaluation

The goal of the annual Chief Executive Officer performance review is to recognize how well the executive is performing in their job and to identify any needed improvements. This review should clearly be based upon the agreed organization’s goals and performance expectations set by the Board for the CEO to the actual achievements of the organization and the CEO.

The annual CEO evaluation process is also a great time for the chief executive to first conduct a self-evaluation to document what they feel have been their key achievements and successes of the past year.

The CEO Annual Performance Review Product includes the CEO Self -Evaluation survey form too.

Annual reviews of the CEO’s performance are an excellent way to identify and reward the CEO for their performance as well as communicate key areas of needed improvement to successfully guide the organization forward. All members of the Board should participate and be encouraged to provide their input into the CEO’s annual performance evaluation. We strongly recommend that this major Board responsibility not be left to the Board Chair or Executive Committee only.

This review should also identify and include the establishment of organizational goals for the coming year’s executive evaluation. It is vitally important for both the Board and CEO to discuss and agree on these new goals.

We highly recommend that the Board of every nonprofit organization conduct this annual performance review of their CEO each year. In addition, we recommend that the Board include our DCM Talassure 360 Leadership Development System to include feedback from the CEO’s direct reports on their perspective on his/her performance to enable the Board to have a better understanding of the CEO’s relationship with the organization and his/her leadership team.

The DCM Chief Executive Officer Performance Evaluation includes the following topics for assessing the annual review of the CEO:

  • Overall Organizational Performance
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Board Relations
  • Community Relationships
  • Positive Brand Identity
  • Fiscal Stewardship
  • Culture of Philanthropy

In addition, after each major section of the CEO Annual Performance Evaluation, all Board members are encouraged to write down any additional comments they feel would be helpful in assessing the CEO’s performance. For example, a Board member might want to elaborate further on either a strength or area of needed improvement to be included in the final report to the Board.

We strongly recommend that the Board Chair schedule with the CEO ample time to review the findings in the DCM Chief Executive Officer Annual Evaluation report and start the conversation by highlighting what the CEO has done well before discussing any areas of needed improvement.

Please contact Dennis C. Miller to schedule a conference call to answer any of your questions.

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