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In Divisive Times, Here's How You Can Maintain a Healthy Board Culture

Don't let polarization impact your board

Boardrooms often are a microcosm of the larger world, and, today, the larger world is filled with political and social division and the lingering stages of a life-changing pandemic. The stress and animosity that this environment sometimes creates may intrude on the work your board is trying to accomplish.

To keep board culture healthy amid all this polarization, it is important to communicate frequently, nurture authentic relationships, facilitate respectful disagreement, and tamp down small tensions before they turn into larger conflicts.

Torey Carter-Conneen, CAE, CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), said a healthy board culture is all about communication.

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