The Cost of Bad Board Members
His frustration is real and shared by many. (It is why I wrote the book!) Board members who under-perform or don’t perform aren’t just taking up space on the board or distracting from the work at hand, they can actually be driving away good board members. This is at an enormous cost to the organization and its mission.
How can organizations avoid paying this high price? First, spend time on a thoughtful and rigorous nominating process that includes a job description, an application and/or an interview to assess the skills, experience and commitment of potential board members. Second, clearly outline board members responsibilities in a board service agreement. Third, provide resources and training to board members on their roles and responsibilities. Fourth, have a clear policy for board attendance and participation and enforce it. Don’t be afraid to remove a board member for not fulfilling their responsibilities.
Board service should be a positive experience. Don’t turn off good people by allowing bad behavior by a few.
To your success,
P.S. My new book, On Board: What Current and Aspiring Board Members Must Know About Nonprofits & Board Service, is now available on Amazon