Board Mentoring Makes Sense
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BOARD MENTORING MAKES SENSE

It is useful to include a mentoring program in the process of orienting a new board member. Pairing a more experienced board member with a new recruit ensures the latter is brought up to speed about the organisation and their role effectively and quickly.

Why have a mentoring program?

  • It supplements information presented in the formal orientation program.
  • It facilitates getting to know other board members.
  • Questions a new board member may have after meetings or orientation sessions can be answered effectively.

Participation in a mentoring program should be voluntary and all new board members can be asked if they would like to be mentored. The assignment of a mentor can be handled by the board chair and CEO once a new board member is elected.

When can a mentor and new board member get together?

  • After a new board member’s orientation.
  • After board and committee meetings.
  • Sitting together during meetings.
  • Regularly scheduled breakfast and lunch meetings.

What issues can the mentor and new board members address?

  • The new board member’s questions regarding how the board works, about individuals or about board actions.
  • Any problems with the new board member’s conduct that does not meet board expectations.
  • The goals and major areas of interest of the new board member.
  • The new board members satisfaction with the orientation process.
  • The new board member’s ability to participate in board and committee meetings.