Some are worse than others. Here are my top nine in no specific order:
When board members violate basic tenants of association management, stop it immediately. Many board members don’t know how to be a board member.
- Sexual misconduct and/or harassment.
- Consistently fails to show up for meetings.
- Rather than doing what’s best for the entire association, advocates his/her special interests.
- Goes behind CEO’s back to “instruct” staff.
- Conflict of interest.
- Criticizes board decisions in public.
- Purposely surfaces major issue not on agenda.
- Doesn’t prepare for meeting or read materials.
- Expects special benefits because he/she’s a board member.
What other actions of board members do you find offensive? Please share your comments on this blog post at www.SCDgroup.net.
Teach them or fire them.
I know, they are your boss. But, you are the association professional.
What can an association executive do?
- Be sure you have an association policy manual that outlines specific board responsibilities and job description. This should lay out the fiduciary obligations as well as “do’s and don’ts.”
- Review these policies annually with the entire board as well as in an orientation session with new directors.
- Working with your volunteer leaders, develop a board culture that “calls out” bad behavior.
- Coach your volunteer president or chair to visit individually with offending board members.
- Ensure the board is willing to “fire” habitual violators.
What else do you do? Please share your comments on this blog post at www.SCDgroup.net.