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A solid board of directors is crucial for a well-run company or non-profit. The board member should bring a wide range of abilities knowledge, experience and insight to the table for strategic decision-making and planning. They should be able communicate effectively, keep connected to each other between meetings, and be proactive when it comes time to fundraising and networking.

When selecting the right board member for your business You should consider a broad range of independent candidates who are familiar with your industry and who agree with your goals and vision. They could include trusted mentors like attorneys, CPAs and fellow entrepreneurs. It is also helpful to include board members with prior experience on the board.

During the screening process, make sure that the candidate is committed and interested to being a member of the board. It is a big responsibility and it might not be a perfect choice for everyone.

It is also important to inquire about their other commitments and be realistic of the time they can commit to the board. A board that is not performing or too busy is not efficient.

It is better to have a balanced number of board members, rather than an over-represented one to prevent ties. There should be enough board members to ensure the quorum of the board, but also for you to be able receive sound advice without being overloaded by too many voices.