Dealing With Board Directors

Boards of directors play a crucial role in holding nonprofit agencies accountable for their fiduciary obligations and strategic direction. They are a group of people who have a variety of backgrounds and experiences to make decisions about the direction of an organization. Unfortunately boards do not always function smoothly. This is mostly due to a lack of proper planning, communication, and training.

If a certain board member’s behavior is creating significant friction within the Board it might be an appropriate time to tackle the issue. If the director is in a manner that causes division, is abusive or excessive, their behavior can affect the organization and its mission.

In dealing with members of the board who are difficult starts with direct intervention. The chair of the board should meet with each of the members and explain to them why their behavior is unacceptable. Remind them that they were recruited to the board based on their expertise and experience, and that it is in everyone’s interest to work in a harmonious manner.

The next step is to collect information and documentation about the board member’s behavior that is causing the issue. A code of conduct can be an effective way to stop inappropriate behavior since it defines the expectations for board members.

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