The selection of the right board member is a crucial decision in the creation of your business structure. The board of directors is the face of your business, and the actions of the directors can have a significant impact on the way you conduct business. If a board is difficult for you to get to, doesn’t attend meetings or is not in align with your values or the rest of the board it could be time for them to be replaced.

A board member who is a good fit shares the mission of your organization. Passion for the issues that your nonprofit is addressing will keep board members committed long after the initial excitement has waned. They should also possess some level of business or organizational expertise and a basic understanding of the rules of good business practice.

Find people of diverse races, ages, backgrounds, skills and experiences to make up your board. This will give your board a diverse perspective and the ability to present new perspectives to your leadership. Board members should be willing to challenge assumptions and play the devil’s attorney, even if their opinions are built on their own personal experiences.

Ask your potential board members how much time they are willing to devote to the work of your board and committees. Many people who are interested in joining a board do not realize the commitment required to perform the role. During the vetting procedure, be sure to uncover other commitments which may interfere their ability to serve on your board.

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