The most important issue for selection of board members is to first define what the board is to do, then determine the kind of person needed to do that job with a group. Most boards that are frustrating their staff because the are micromanaging were selected for their management skill. It does not see too surprising that they would therefore manage things.
- These are sample characteristics that I recommend when looking for good board members:
- Ability & discipline to think
- Recruited for demonstrated commitment to the values and mission of the organization
- Connections to the “moral ownership” and resources
- Creative Thinker, Open Minded, Team Player
- Time and energy to meet
- Strong Ethics, Possess Integrity
- You might think of some others…
- Linkage to “ownership”
- Explicit governance values
- Assurance of organizational performance
- Personal/corporate donations
- Legislative impact
- You may think of others. . .
Increasing the board's size cannot ensure that the board will do more. Especially if the board has not articulated what it should produce as a group.
How the board elects and installs new members is in your bylaws. Look there first. If it does not serve the needs of the organization, revise them within the limits of the laws of you state or province.
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