Kathy Faulks's gardening theme continues with a look at some Board-member behaviour styles and characteristics.
This is the know-all on the board (this would be me!)
Top Tip: Is there a trustee on the board to whom our self important trustee may listen?
May be loud, overbearing, sarcastic, undermining.
Top Tip: Trustees need to decide whether the individual is capable of change or whether they have to be persuaded to leave. If there is a possibility of change then you need a strong Chair to work with the individual on changing their behaviour.
May be benevolent. Their knowledge is probably out of date. May become aggressive when challenged.
Top Tip: If you have a sensitive Chair a quiet chat might help.
Incapable of objectivity and can be self righteous.
Top Tip: Channel their energy into a sub committee that requires lots of action.
Mainly interested in status. Often don’t turn up for meetings.
Top Tip: Expand the board!
May be lots of reasons for this.
Top Tip: Training!
Top Tip: Chair should try to ascertain the problems and provide mentoring.
I am sure you have lots of other characteristics that you know of among Trustees. Send me details of a characteristic in the Comments box below and I will provide suggestions on how to deal with the behaviour!