Five Tips For Dealing With Difficult Board Members
Asking with a smile doesn't imply you aren't asking for too much
The bane or boon of many nonprofit executives’ existence: board members. Good ones make life so much easier and the nonprofit hum much more smoothly. But difficult board members — or heaven forbid, destructive ones — can cause incredible turmoil and even threaten a nonprofit’s survival.
I have worked with awesome boards and some boards with room for improvement. If you find yourself with the latter situation, you need to first decide if the behavior or situation warrants confronting it.
If you decide to confront the person, these five tips can help you deal with these difficult board members. They also apply to confronting a staff member, volunteer, client or spouse!
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