Dealing With Board Directors

Boards of directors play an essential role in holding non-profit agencies accountable for their fiduciary responsibilities and strategic direction. They are a group of individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences to make decisions about the direction that an agency takes. Unfortunately boards do not always function smoothly. This is mainly due to a lack in proper planning, training, and communication.

If the behavior of a member of the board causes significant conflict within the Board and is causing significant friction, then it might be time to tackle the issue. Whether the director is acting in a manner that causes division, is abusive or excessive, their behavior can have a significant impact on the mission of the organization.

Direct intervention is the first step to dealing with members of the board who are difficult. Have the board chair sit down with the individual and explain that their behavior is not acceptable and requires to change. Remind them that they were hired for the board based on their expertise and experience and that it’s in everyone’s interest to work effectively.

The next step is to gather details and evidence about the behavior of the board member that has caused a problem. In most cases, a code of conduct is a great method to prevent problematic behavior from occurring because it spells clear guidelines for what a board member is expected to behave.

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