I am often invited to do a governance session at the first board meeting being attended by new board members.
I will ask a new member why they decided to become a board member and the answers I get are not always impressive. Some people are there because their friend brought them!
The decision to move from being a member to being a director of an organization should not be made lightly.
If you follow my work then you know that a member of an organization does not have any accountability for the activities of the organization but a director will be responsible.
I do find that people don’t consider much when making a decision about serving on a board. Here is a short list that might help:
- Do you have time for meetings and committee work?
- Do you agree with what the group is trying to achieve?
- Do you understand your role and responsibilities?
- Is there any potential for personal liability?
Talk to a couple of the board members before you decide to join the board and consider the above questions and you could avoid making a mistake.