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6 Traits of Good Board Members

System - Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Do you have what it takes to be a good board member? Chances are you do.

If you have a mix of some of the following traits and skills, consider running for a seat on the board. We’d love to have you.

Respect. If you can give others respect and expect it in return, you can help keepRespect - Thumbnail board discussions civil,  productive and on point. We’re looking for people who can lead by consensus, not by command.

Good listening. People want to be heard. Can you listen to board members and residents with sincere interest? You may have a few ideas of your own, but everyone benefits by sharing and discussing.

Good listening - ThumbnailThick skin. Sometimes, residents—even other board members—can be mean and insulting. Are you good at turning a conversation around and finding out what’s really bothering people?

Egos aside. If you can give others credit, the board will operate better as a team.


Agenda aside - ThumbnailAgenda aside. Members who come to the board looking to help only themselves are a problem. A board is more productive when members don’t have a personal punch list. Are you able to look after the community, not just your own interests? Are you willing to compromise?

Skill. An association is a business. So having board members with accounting, organizational behavior and teambuilding backgrounds can help. Someone with a financial background, for example, might make for a good treasurer.

The ideal board comprises a mix of management styles, professional skills and temperaments. If you know people with some of these traits or relevant skills, ask them if they’d be interested in joining the board. Some people don’t think about running for a seat unless asked.

You don’t have to know everything when you join, but you should be familiar with the governing documents and the responsibilities of the job. Fellow board members and managers can help you with the transition and train you on board responsibilities, current work, projects and hot issues.

6 Traits of Good Board Members - ThumbnailLeaders can come from different places and backgrounds. There’s no one mode that fits all. Share your knowledge and passion with the community. As an HOA board or a condo board, you’ve got enough to juggle.  Contact us at HomeRiver Group for experienced, reputable services, and let us help you create the association your homeowners expect.