A great board member brings enthusiasm, knowledge and enthusiasm to the board. They know their responsibilities and are able to set guidelines to achieve the organization’s business goals and legal obligations. They know the company’s culture and operations, mission, vision and values. They also know the obligations and roles of the government and the fundamentals of good government.
It is essential that a good board member be willing to challenge and question major decisions. This is usually done via questions or challenges that are designed to help the CEO understand the issue they might not have considered or think about the future than the CEO might consider, or help to develop a new perspective. A good board member can handle this in a professional manner without coming off as personally offensive or in any way threatening.
The best boards are populated by board members who are devoted to the mission of the association and inspire others to join them in their service. They also communicate effectively and make decisions quickly. A good board member should also be prepared for meetings of the board and other events. This means that they arrive at the meeting with a complete knowledge of the agenda, documents for the board and committee reports, as well as having their questions prepared.
It’s not only about knowledge, experience, or education that makes a great member of a board. It’s also about attitude. The most effective board members are always thinking about what they can do to best serve the organization and other board members. They don’t personalize their debates and they are able to work towards resolving conflicts, and can provide solutions that bring opposing sides closer.