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Dealing With Board Directors

Boards of directors play an essential role in holding non-profit organizations accountable for their fiduciary responsibilities and strategic direction. They are a group of individuals who have diverse backgrounds and expertise to make decisions regarding the direction of an organization. Unfortunately boards do not always function smoothly. This is mainly due to a lack of planning, training, and communication.

If a particular board member’s behavior is creating a significant amount of friction in the Board and the Board, it could be time to address that issue. The director’s actions, no matter if it is violent, divisive or excessive can cause serious harm to the organization and mission.

In dealing with members of the board who are difficult begins with direct intervention. The chair of the board should sit down with each individual and explain to them why their behavior is not acceptable. Remind the individual that they were hired by the board due to their abilities and experience, and that it is for everyone’s benefit to work efficiently.

The next step is to gather information and documentation about the board member’s behavior that is causing the issue. A code of conduct can be a great way to prevent problematic behaviors because it outlines expectations for board members.

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