IS 2015 THE YEAR YOU JOIN A NONPROFIT BOARD? Perhaps you've been thinking that board service would be a great way to give back to your community or perhaps you've decided to give in to your best friend's pleading to join her board. Whether you're giving back or giving in, don't waste any time in asking these five questions:
1. Am I comfortable with group work?
Everything you read on nonprofit governance casts it as group work: deliberation and decision-making as a team; working with and through committees; and working to consensus. If you're the lone wolf type, preferring to tackle problems and projects on your own, you'll find group work difficult, even drudgery. So, if you're intent on joining a board know that the group trumps the individual. Yes, your individual skills, opinions, and talents are needed and will be welcomed (hopefully), but when it comes to execution, it is the group that will capture the flag.