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How to Choose the Right Board Member

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When selecting new board members for your small company or non-profit the most suitable candidates for your board should be those with an interest in the organisation’s mission and are willing to give their time. The selection process should be thorough – don’t select anyone based on their family member or friend. You should investigate their background, request references and conduct a review of conflicts of interest to be sure that you’re selecting the right people to help your company expand and grow.

The board members must have experience in the field and have the ability to leverage their industry expertise to help the board make informed decisions. They must also be innovative and be able to challenge the status of the art. Boards should be balanced; you do not want a board over-weighted with visionaries and not enough execution specialists.

Ideally, the new board member will have experience on other boards, but this is not always possible. If they don’t have any board experience, you should consider the other boards they’re on and what their responsibilities are. Too many boards can result in burnout and lack of focus.

One of the mistakes that leaders make is to surround themselves with « yes people. » They select those who agree with them and never question their strategies or decisions. This can be dangerous for the capital of investors, employee livelihoods, and the future of your business. To boost the success of your business it is essential to promote lively discussion and introduce new perspectives.

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