Developing Your Board: qualified and certified professionals for board committees. All organizations require qualified and certified professionals for their board committees. Organizations should think about what they need in their current board members when developing their board.
What Qualities Make A Board Valuable?
The first thing to think about is what qualities make a great board member?
It seems simple, but it’s easy for an organization to allow personality or bias to undermine and undermine the role of the original board identified in the surveys or the development of the board. Board members should be those that can bring something to the table. If you can establish someone who is committed to the organization and has the skills necessary to share their knowledge with the organization, then you’ve just created a valuable board. This someone can be one of two types of board members.
First, an executive director can be considered a board member, but does not need to give discretionary attention. The executive director can offer advice and counsel the organization, provide marketing, set funds, and much more. The board has identified an executive director and the organization is continuing to grow in the direction of the organization’s mission.
The second type is what many organizations call a member – a staff person that has been given the responsibility to select and support the board or the executive director. The board member can be responsible for the organization’s professional development, but must operate as a business owner by rendering their own advice or counsel. This person also provides what it takes to help the other board members in meeting specific goals. The board member must think of themselves as co-owners of the organization. This is where the work of the board is most valuable.
Organizations should develop their board concepts by doing a survey where they ask the board members what makes them feel committed to the organization. prize people who are focused on the organization’s purpose and who share the organization’s vision. Also don’t forget to ask how existing boards view the board’s ability to do the needed work.
The Salvation Army
For example, The Salvation Army has a mission statement that says, “Together based on our faith, our reputation, our integrity, and our abilities, we labor for the good of the people, health, and happiness of our souls.” If the board of The Salvation Army is to do that work, they need board members who are committed to that expression of purpose and who can translate that into work. They must be able to work hard, be deeply committed, and be committed to the good of the people.
Key Apple is an organization committed to the well-being of children in domestic foster care and focuses organizations in the arena of education, health, art, and learning. One of their board’s needs to have thirty plus years of experience in the field and it should be inclusive of experience in their community. Many other organizations rely on board membership to experience the community that the organization serves in.
When organizations have a board, they can benefit from having board members who not only understand the organization, but can speak to the organization’s issues. Their education is a valuable resource for the organization. This individual should ideally be someone who has worked at a previous juncture for an organization, or someone who understands something about the issue, and can relate it to the organization.
This does not mean that a background in finance, accounting, marketing, or IT are out of the question, far from it. There are many board education trainings available and without an abundance of information, it can be difficult to determine the right model to master.
How Does Board Membership Benefit When the Board Member’s Expertise is used?
Once a board member is identified who has expertise in the community, the organization can use that expertise to offer a wealth of information and resources to the board members. The board must then be credible in their decision-making. The board can utilize some of this board experience to educate the membership and help them learn about the organization’s history, which is valuable to the board and the organization. This resource can be used to share the successes of the organization with the existing and potential board members, and to help them see a stronger connection between their gifts and the work that is taking place.
Overall, I believe it’s compelling to build leaders of organizations so that they become fully involved and invested in the organization.