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How to Choose the Right Board Member

Selecting the best board member is a crucial decision in the creation of your business structure. The board of directors is the face of your company and the actions of the directors can have a significant impact on the way you conduct business. If a board is difficult to reach, doesn’t attend meetings or is not in align with your values or the rest of the board, it may be time to be replaced.

A good board member is one who shares the mission of your organization. Having passion for the issues that your nonprofit tackles will keep them dedicated to their duties long after the initial excitement of being a board member has diminished. They should also have a level of business or organizational competency and understand principles of good business practices.

Seek out people with different age groups, ethnicities and backgrounds to fill your board. This gives your board a diversity and the ability to bring up diverse perspectives to your leadership. Board members must be willing to question assumptions and play the devil’s attorney, even if they are basing their decisions on their own experiences.

Ask your potential board members how much time they can commit to the work of your committees and board. Many who express an interest in joining a committee underestimate the commitment required and might not be able the role effectively. When vetting candidates, it is important to identify any other commitments that could hinder their ability to be on your board.

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