Board Discipline

Board members don't gossip. Being a disciplined board member means more than not divulging board business. Do all your board members do their assigned homework for each meeting or assigned task? Do they perform the unassigned but expected work of a competent board member? For example, do they work at connecting with the membership in their geographic area? Do they understand the specific reasons they were asked to the board and do they connect regularly to that constituency? Does everyone on the board participate energetically in board debate and decision making? After a board decision, do all board members energetically explain and defend the board's decision, even if they were opposed? Do board members actively work to avoid board cliques (members who are seen as an influence or voting block)? Even the potential appearance of an ‘in-group' is harmful for board solidarity.

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