Boards of directors are essential in holding nonprofit organizations accountable for their fiduciary responsibilities and strategic direction. They are a group of people who have diverse backgrounds and experience to make decisions about the direction of an organization. Unfortunately there are many boards that don’t function smoothly. This is mostly due to a lack of planning, training, and communication.

If the conduct of a member of the Board is causing significant friction within the Board or Board of Directors, it could be time to address the issue. The director’s actions, no matter if it is violent, divisive, or overbearing can be detrimental to the mission of the organization.

Direct intervention is the first step to dealing with difficult board members. The board chair should meet with each of the members and explain to them why their behavior is unacceptable. Remind them that they were brought on for the board because of their experience and skills, and that it is in everyone’s best interest to work well together.

The next step is to gather facts and documents about the conduct of the member of the board who has caused the issue. A code of conduct can be a great method to prevent problematic behavior from happening because it sets out clear expectations of how board members should behave.

iBabs board portal makes it easy for directors to communicate during meetings and streamlines the follow-up on action items by recording who opens and reads documents. To learn more, request a demo today!