A board of directors for any membership association or non-profit organization helps to define the character, vision and future of the group, and choosing the right members for your board can be a challenge.

In the selection process, you should keep these key competencies in mind so your board of directors is fully equipped for success:

Group Skills – As defined in a study by Mark Engle, CAE, and Will Brown, Ph.D., group skills keep a board of directors unified. Without good group work, a board can fall apart and board members will lose sight of the ultimate goal in the midst of friction caused by personal advancement, individual goals, and favored projects.

Technical Skills – A board member should have a complete and deep understanding of their field and the organization so that they can make informed decisions throughout the governance process. As a group, a board of directors should have diverse backgrounds and life experiences as well, to bring more points of view and create a more complete perspective.

Capacity – While a board member candidate may seem highly qualified in all other aspects, if they do not have the necessary time available to complete their duties, they will not be a good fit for the board.

Diversity & Inclusion – Ensuring that people of diverse backgrounds, identities, abilities, perspectives, and beliefs have an equal opportunity to lead and contribute to the organization will increase the cultural competence of the Board.

For assistance with the selection process for new board members, contact Sage & Rosemary Consulting today.