Boards of Directors are crucial in holding non-profit organizations accountable for their fiduciary obligations and strategic direction. They are a team of people who have diverse backgrounds and expertise to make decisions regarding the direction of an organization. Unfortunately the boards of every agency do not function smoothly. This is mostly due to the lack of proper planning, training and communication.

If the behavior of a Board member is causing a lot of friction within the Board, then it may be time to tackle the issue. If the director is acting aggressively, divisively or abusive the way they conduct themselves can be detrimental to the mission of the organization.

Direct intervention is the first step to dealing with problematic board members. The board chair should meet with each of the members and explain to them that their behavior is unacceptable. Remind them that they were recruited to the board based on their skills and experience and that it is in everyone’s benefit to work together effectively.

The next step is to collect details and evidence about the behavior of the board member who has caused a problem. Often times, a code of conduct is a good way to prevent problematic behaviors from arising because it sets the standard for how a board member should behave.

iBabs board portal lets directors communicate effectively between meetings. It also facilitates the process of completing actions, by recording who has opened and read documents. To learn more, request a demo today!

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