So you want to build a board of directors that really makes a difference. The good news is that this can be done. There are several organizations that have high-performing boards. But they did not get that way overnight and neither did it happen without them being very intentional. You too can have a highly functioning, highly effective board of directors!
1. Take the time to invest into the board’s development. One of the first things that I suggest is investing into your board’s understanding of what they are supposed to do. It is also important to decide what areas need to be strengthened within your existing board. Whether you are starting from scratch or re-organizing an existing board make a commitment from the very start to lay a good foundation by getting a good consultant, nonprofit coach, or going through training to help your board understand their.
2. Schedule regular times throughout the year for board development. Be proactive in developing a dynamic board. This is best accomplished by setting dates throughout the year where you want to build your boards capacity in a specific area, such as in fundraising, strategic planning, etc. Your board will appreciate the fact that you have taken the time to invest into them and you will reap the benefits of doing this. Do not make the mistake of assuming that your board does not need to grow in their knowledge of governing your organization.
3. Ask Your Board How You Can Help Them Grow. I recommend asking your board how you can help assist them to grow in areas they have identified as those in need of help. Once those areas are identified you can provide them with helpful materials to assist them in growing in these areas. I make some great recommendations in my training about how best to do this and what not do.
4. Remember, board members like to be recognized for their valuable contributions. We all like a little appreciation and recognition sometimes. Your board members are no different. In fact, you owe this to them at the very least. You will get more high-performing results from your board if you develop and recognize them.