In the New Year 2009 issue of In Trust, Rebekah Burch Basinger wrote about the importance of tackling troublesome trustee behavior. Here she focuses on behavior between meetings.
Board members who behave inappropriately are uncommon and those with malicious intent are rare. However, whenever 20 or 30 fallen humans are gathered together as a governing board, one or two might slide into bad behavior between meetings. In fact, given that new-member orientation and continuing education sessions focus mostly on the work of the board when in session, it's a testimony to the good sense of the men and women who serve on theological school boards that trustees don't wander into trouble more often than they do.
But even a small number of mischief-makers within the board can cause havoc in a short time. And when bad behavior is persistent, there is the chance of lasting damage. Four types of behavior are especially harmful to the health and peaceful functioning of the board.
Article from: Autumn 2009