There are many different types of boards in existence in the public sector, private sector, not for profit or corporate. People are usually appointed to a board for a defined period of time and as a result, board members come and go.
When one thinks of board development they are usually referring to roles, liability, budget, and forward plans. If it is a new board or one that has changed some of its board members, it is really a new team. How does each of the members relate to the team? What are their strengths? How do they take in information and use it to make decisions? What information do they need?
In order to function well and make well informed decisions, everyone must be heard and able to participate. Boards are made up of different personality types and preferences and as a result respond differently in a team environment. Introverts like to think about information before making a decision; Extroverts make a decision by discussing the information, Sensing people like to refer to a storehouse of facts and draw on experience, iNtuitives need to know the big picture and explore possibilities, Thinking like to be objective and fair, Feeling respond through their values and how it might affect themselves and others, Judging are planners and dislike change, while Perceivers embrace change and are flexible.
If you are the member of a board you will have all types and preferences on the team and to function well you need to acknowledge the needs of all of them. How is your board doing? If some members are not contributing as well as you would like, there may be a reason. Knowledge of type and how it affects decision making and team dynamics is valuable. For more information on teambuilding, visit us at http://www.lrassess.com