Pruning your Board

Kathy Faulks's gardening theme continues with a look at some Board-member behaviour styles and characteristics.


Self Important

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?

The Bully

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.

The Dictator

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 Their knowledge is probably out of date.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.

Over Passionate

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. 

Any more?

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!

Comments (2)

  1. A. Nonnie Mouse:
    Mar 24, 2015 at 04:07 PM

    We have a board member whose behaviour is erratic at best and downright disturbing at worst. But our board is so weak that nothing gets done about it. Your Top Tip should start; Get rid. But how?

  2. kathy faulks:
    Mar 26, 2015 at 02:14 PM

    See Charity Commission on resignation and removal of trustees

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