The best board member orientation: How to set your new directors immediately up for success

In recent years, boards of directors and their roles have changed in a variety of ways, but one thing hasn’t: members vote and help direct the future of the organization from the time of their very first board meeting. This makes it essential for new board members to be oriented to their role as quickly and as well as possible. As Jane Garthson, president of the Garthson Leadership Centre says, “The point of orientation is make directors immediately effective.”

Dr. Rebecca Sutherns, founder and principal consultant of Sage Solutions adds, “You don’t want it to take a year for a board member to develop enough comfort and confidence to speak at the board table. You want them to be able to hit the ground running and contribute quickly.”

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