Dealing With Board Directors

Boards of directors play a vital role in holding nonprofit agencies accountable for their fiduciary responsibilities and strategic direction. They are a group of people who are able to come together with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to decide the direction of the agency. Unfortunately the boards of every agency do not function smoothly. This is mostly due to a lack of proper planning, communication and training.

If the conduct of a member of the Board is causing significant friction within the Board and the Board, it could be time to tackle the issue. Whether the director is acting aggressively, divisively or abusive and overbearing, their behavior could be detrimental to the mission of the organization.

Direct intervention is the first step to dealing with difficult board members. Chairs of boards should sit down with the person and explain that their behavior is unacceptable and needs to change. Remind the person that they were appointed to the board based on their expertise and experience and that it’s for everyone’s benefit to be productive.

The next step is to gather details and evidence about the conduct of the board member who caused problems. A code of conduct can be a great way to keep problematic behaviors from happening because it sets clear guidelines for how a board member should behave.

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