Successful board members are committed to the organization’s mission, its clients and shareholders. They prioritize meeting attendance and actively participate in discussions. They are well-versed in the business model as well as the policies and operations of their company. They stay up to date with most recent developments in their field as well as industry trends to ensure they can make informed contributions.

They are confident and able to control their ego when working in the team. They are aware of how their actions impact the other board members and executive team. They can help to prevent conflicts and tensions that can result in a loss of productivity or even the boycott of board meetings. They can pose powerful questions that get right to the root of the issue and stop groupthink.

A strong board member is knowledgeable in their field and are able to offer new and relevant insights with the rest of the board. They can serve as a sounding-board for sensitive issues, and serve as a mentor to executives. They also excel at building relationships that go beyond the boardroom and introducing their colleagues to new connections.

They are aware of the high level of governance required for their position and work to fulfill their legal responsibilities. They are aware of any issues related to management, finances problems, operational or personnel – and take steps to fix them before they become worse. They also know that their job is to be an integral partner for the CEO, assisting them to find ways to achieve their goals and maximize opportunities.

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