How to keep bad apples from spoiling your board
Abstract: Most nonprofit board members understand their roles and are dedicated to working in a cooperative spirit to achieve the organization’s strategic goals. But one rogue member can easily hinder the effectiveness of a board — and its organization. Most disruptive board behavior probably can be classified as merely annoying or insensitive, but immediate action is warranted when a board member betrays confidentiality or pursues a personal agenda. Nonprofits are encouraged to thoroughly screen prospective members and regularly monitor meetings to spot signs of trouble before they get out of control.