Any board member knows that boards exist to represent the ownership of the organization, which is, in many cases, the membership. The board’s main job is to focus on the vision of the association and to strategically plan for the future.

It should be a team approach, not an individual one.  To maintain the team approach, board members must support decisions made by the board. During the debate on the motion before the board, a board member can and should express any and all objections to the proposed action that the board is about to take. Once the board has made a decision, the board member is responsible for supporting that decision. Therefore, board members should not, outside of a meeting, talk against action taken by the board during a meeting.

The board’s job is to oversee the Executive Director, who is charged with running the headquarters and the day-to-day operation. The board’s job is not to micro manage the staff and headquarters. The board should only act as a group and does not individually tell the executive director how to do his/her job.

Parliamentary procedure guides board function. It is a tool that helps the board operate efficiently. According to one expert, “one of the important aspects to keep in mind regarding parliamentary procedure is to adapt it to the size of the board.” Learn more in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Robert’s Rules by Nancy Sylvester.