I am publishing a series on the desirable characteristics of board members. This is the third one. I have talked about three characteristics so far– playing well with others, being open minded and being brave. This week I want to talk about being committed to the cause.
Every organization wants board members who care about the mission of the organization. A committed board member is willing to volunteer their time and their money to help the organization achieve their goals. Board members who are not interested in participating in the activities of the group are not as useful. From the standpoint of the board member, there are only so many hours in the day. So, why would you want to spend any of them in a board meeting of a group unless you care about their mission? One should only join the boards of organizations where you can be committed to the cause.