Nov 4 2012
|So you’ve decided you want to serve on a board of directors. Before you start off half-cocked in search of a board position, ask yourself these questions:|
Why: If you have a grandiose vision of what serving as a board member can do for you and your career, you might doom your efforts at the outset. Relatively few directors attain the highest level of national or worldwide visibility and influence, and virtually none of them does it without expending considerable effort and forethought.
What: Here are a few categories you’ll need to consider to assess your prospects for success:
How: You have several options to consider and might want to adopt more than one approach to increase the odds of achieving your goal. Possible steps include the following:
For-profit or non-profit? While obtaining a position on a non-profit board of directors is sometimes considered easier than a for-profit position, it’s not a snap and doesn’t automatically make you a strong candidate to obtain a for-profit board membership. One suggestion for overcoming this hurdle involves getting to know individuals on a non-profit board that also serve or have served as members of for-profit boards.
If you’ve gotten this far without giving up, you might have a reasonable shot at landing your first position as a corporate board member.
This article was written by Georgia Adamson, MRW / ACRW, of BlueSteps Executive Career Services (BECS) and A Successful Career (www.asuccessfulcareer.wordpress.com). Georgia has served senior executives globally since 1993. Through intensive one-on-one consultations, Georgia helps executives uncover their strengths and highlight their most meaningful career accomplishments to position them for their next executive opportunity.
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