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.