What Makes a Great Board Member?


A good board member is a devoted volunteer who is aware of their role as an advocate for the association, its members, and its mission. They are not afraid to ask difficult questions, impart their knowledge to other members of the board and take on leadership roles within committees. They also seek out opportunities to improve their governance practices and gain new skills by attending seminars and leadership classes.

A good board member is aware of the time commitment required for board work. They ensure that they attend every meeting of the board and committees. They participate in committee work and provide support and feedback as needed. They also seek out ways to make the board more efficient by using tools like scheduling software or an application that allows for simple document sharing and organisation.

The most important attribute of a great board member is their ability to exercise good judgment. They don’t let small issues to impede a meeting or impede the mission of the organization. They can see the bigger picture and provide a valuable outside perspective that is crucial to decision making. They have a thorough understanding of the business as a whole which can impact strategy options, M&A, hiring and firing decisions as well as fundraising, legal issues, and organizational design. Wisdom is acquired through failures, experience and intuition. Without it, board members could cause harm to your company.

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