I hope that everyone is well. Please take a moment to review the 11 items listed below.
I was a co-presenter at a Community Association Institute (“CAI”) program yesterday (with Ryan Bonham of Advanced Community Services) where, with nearly 90 Board members in attendance, we conducted a Board Leadership Development Workshop. The following “attributes of a good board member” come from that presentation.
I suggest that each reader take this list to their full Board and review it together and I encourage any questions that these issue may generate:
- Respect others by arriving in time to Board meetings;
- Come prepared to make decisions, have reviewed the Board packet in advance and gathered any information needed to make a decision;
- Follow the agenda; avoid “side conversations” that take the Board discussion off track;
- Act professionally at all times, avoid sarcasm and name calling;
- Speak only when recognized by the “chair” and address comments to the “chair” rather than to another person;
- Refrain from making excessive comments so that others are given an opportunity to express their views;
- Have a basic understanding of your governing document (CCRs, Bylaws, Rules);
- Make decisions through the use of motions and seconds;
- Set aside any personal agenda, prioritizing decisions that are in the best interest of the community as a a whole;
- Disclose any conflict of interest (or any perceived conflict of interest) and abstain from voting on such matters;
- Respect the authority of the Board by refraining from speaking outside the meeting on issues unless appointed by the Board as its spokesperson on an issue.