Board Career Development - Working Together
Updated: May 24
Dear board members,
Being a board member is all about working with others. Working together with your board members, but also working with committees and third parties is a big part of being a board member. This can present some challenges, for example communication problems or friction between people. In this blog I will tell you a little bit about what I found helpful when working as a board.
What I found to be really important to make sure you are working together as smooth as possible, is expectation management. Knowing the expectations that your board members have of you and their tasks as a board member can be of great value. Discussing these expectations regularly with your board can make working together go more smoothly. For example, when are you (not) available for board related questions? What structure works for you in board meetings? What do you expect from each other regarding participation in activities? And so on. Knowing these things can help prevent friction between board members.
Another very important aspect to working together is clear communication. This is to be viewed very broadly. From communicating about responsibilities, to social communication, to giving feedback. Preferences in communication can differ a lot, some people prefer texting while others prefer calling for example. Again, discussing these preferences can lead to understanding and adaptation, which then leads to smoother communication.
To sum it up, talk to each other about what you expect from yourself and each other on these aspects. You may be surprised how much difference a small change can make!
If you would like more information or have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me anything. And, let me know if there are any topics you would like to read about or if you have any specific questions on Board Development!
Lots of Love,