Dealing With Board Directors

Boards of directors play an important role in holding non-profit organizations accountable for their fiduciary obligations and strategic direction. They are a group of individuals who gather with diverse backgrounds and experience to make decisions regarding the direction of an agency. Unfortunately the boards of every agency do not function smoothly. This is largely due to the lack of planning, communication, and training.

If the behavior of a board member is causing a lot of friction within the Board and the Board, it could be time to take action. If the director is divisively, abusive or overbearing the way they conduct themselves can have a serious impact on the organization and its mission.

Direct intervention is the first step in dealing with members of the board who are difficult. The chair of the board should sit down with the member and explain why their behaviour is unacceptable and requires to change. Remind the individual that they were hired to the board based on dealing with board director misconduct their experience and skills and that it’s in everyone’s best interest to work efficiently.

The next step is to gather facts and documents about the behavior of the board member who caused a problem. A code of conduct is an effective way to stop undesirable behavior because it sets out the expectations of board members.

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