We are all Board Members

When we think about boards, our minds often leap to big company boards, but in actual fact, many people sit on boards. School boards, neighborhood watch boards, apartment boards, non-profit boards, employee committees – these are all boards. These boards all have something in common: they are composed of of people with a responsibility for oversight or decision making that impacts the lives of others.

The guiding principles include: a) serving with commitment and dedication – attending the meetings, reading the preparation materials, engaging fully in the work of the board, b) acting with transparency and integrity, c) drawing on a breadth of experience and capabilities for decision making.

The other overriding principle for the best boards: there is an ethic to service. No matter the size, scope, or mission of the organization, board members represent not simply their own individual interests, but rather have a role as representing the stakeholder. We are not there for ourselves, but rather we represent a larger constituency of people who are involved in some way with the organization – those who are receiving services from it, are invested in it, work for it, or have some other relationship with it.

I write about, talk about, and serve on boards. I tend to focus on corporate boards. In this video I talk about why I think it is time to think about boards of all kinds differently, both the ones we serve on ourselves, as well as the ones that we see in the papers every day.

This column appeared in Lucy’s LinkedIn column. See all of Lucy’s post on LinkedIn

Date

20 November 2012

We are all Board Members

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