As CharlotteO Ministries approaches the vital process of selecting new board members, it is imperative that those selected do not represent a “follow-the-leader” style. Though, difficult to grasp at times, (especially when a vote is most desperately needed), it is important to have those on the board who do not clone the leader(s) of the organizations they represent.
The most effective board members must always examine ideas, issues, and future projects, to deeply understand how they affect the overall health of the organization. Votes should never be made based on obligations to the leader or because one may have another commitment, and therefore, a quick vote is necessary. To truly discern responsibilities, at the same time, board members must hold the ability to get along with each other. Not only for their own personal and professional growth, but likewise, that of the organization.
In a Christian-focused institute, honor to God should be the most important decision making process applied by each person. Servant leadership, as in that of Isaiah 42:1-4, aids an excellent foundation members can build on. This helps to bond the trust between leader and board, to accomplish what God has asked each person to do.
It is well noted that every board has members that may not see eye-to-eye with the leader it represents. When working with pastors and non-profit leaders, I hear this so often. I also know that it is easy for me to say, “Don’t take it personally”, when disagreements can indeed become personal. Notwithstanding, it is possible to overcome, many engrained issues. This can easily be resolved when leaders take time to build meaningful relationships with members of their board.
Calendars can fill up quickly. Therefore, as you start creating events for 2019, why not take time to schedule-in coffee or lunch with each member of your board. Get to know them. Learn the names of the members of their families, know their hobbies, and their own personal aspirations. If there is no garnered trust within your organization; unfortunately, there will always be an uphill battle. Who wants that…when the second option is an organization built on mutual trust and unanimity.
Organizations that emphasize these imperative elements, not only create strong business models, but with the board’s commitment, these form of establishments can always weather out any storm being thrown their way.
Get to know the people who have agreed to help you reach your goals. This is a significant step to the success of both you and your organization.
Rev. M. Charlotte Oliver
Founding President & CEO
Executive Lead Pastor & Church Consultant