I just took a look at the 2018 nonprofit power 50: The most powerful people in the (New York) nonprofit sector published by CityandStateNY.
Without question, all of these individuals are very formidable and impressive people. BUT, not one of these folks was a board chair or board member of their organization. They were all the paid leaders. What: board folks, the surrogate owners, are not powerful nor impressive? They give their time, wisdom and often enough, money or network and this isn't equally impressive as that of the paid leadership?
What we also need to both recognize and hold-up as models, is an annual list of the volunteer leaders who are making a difference. These folks can be proposed by their execs and board members and there would need to be evidence and examples. But you can't tell me that there aren't volunteer leaders making an impact and equally powerful as these paid folks. After all: who hired these folks in the first place?