Let’s admit it. Sometimes it is hard to talk people into serving as board officers. There are lots of excuses for not wanting to serve. Perhaps candidates are worried they don’t have the time, knowledge, or confidence to lead. Most of those reasons are valid. What can you do to identify future leaders and to prepare them to serve? After all, you don’t want to have to twist arms to fill board roles. Ideally, you can groom future board officers before you need them, and never run out of great candidates.
Your executive committee (if you have one) is tasked with planning for the overall governance of your board. This group is the ideal place to begin discussing where to look for prospective new officers. They should be familiar with the strengths and skills of all the board members, as well as the main players in the committee level.
It is likely that the same names will pop up from everyone. What’s next? Your board needs a few trusted methods for grooming new board officers. The goal here is to not only suggest officership to these individuals, but to also prepare them for the job. Even if they never become board officers, they will likely be more loyal supporters and better trained board members.
Many people will not suggest themselves as potential officers. They may truly be interested, but don’t want to seem to be overly ambitious. Make sure that board members know that if they are interested in a leadership position at some point, they should let someone on the governance committee know. You may be surprised to find out that board officer candidates have been hiding in plain sight!
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