When building your board, there are three key principles to keep in mind:
1) Any organization’s governing board will only be as effective as its individual board members. Accordingly, the board needs to consider the ideal mix of professional skills, backgrounds, and other necessary characteristics.
2) Members of governing boards will respond only to the level of expectation articulated to them by the organization and its leaders. So it’s essential to clarify expectations before an individual joins the board.
3) A well-balanced and functioning board depends on the sustained hard work of the governance committee. They can assess and orient new board members, and ensure continuous opportunities for board member education.
Term limits are a good mechanism to ensure rotation and a continuous flow of fresh ideas. Building a competent board is an ongoing process.