How can individual board members stay out of trouble? I usually talk about the entire board, but this tip is about individuals.
The best ways for an individual board member to stay out of trouble is to attend the board meetings, pay attention and voice their opinions. If you are at the meeting then you know what is going on and you can make sure the group follows the most prudent course of action. You also will be aware of any issues which will cause you to want to resign.
The other ways to stay out of trouble involves understanding the rules the organization follows, particularly for areas like confidentiality and conflict of interest. If you know the rules you are less likely to break them and if you don’t break rules, you will stay out of trouble.