Do you know the qualities that need to be at the top of your list when you look for a new HOA Board member? Every association needs strong Board members—not just warm bodies to fill the chairs. They come from all walks of life, have varied experience and different backgrounds. Yet, strong Board members share some common qualities that help them accomplish a lot for the community.
Willingness to serve the community. People who are committed to making the neighborhood all that it can be work hard to get things done. Tasks seem to happen without drama. These Board members make it easier for the rest.
Strong people skills. People with good interpersonal qualities are typically perceived as calm, optimistic, confident and persuasive to others. Their strong integrity guides them in being consistent and fair to all homeowners. Other members mimic these vibes, so these people are an asset for your Board.
Know when to delegate and ask for help. You may wear many hats when you serve on the Board. Yet, no one person has expertise in all the different areas that you face running an HOA. Nor can you do everything yourself. A strong Board member knows when to delegate, ask other Board members for help or turn to a professional for advice.
Embrace change. There’s a lot of change in an association. Technologies evolve. Regulations change. Governing documents must be amended. Strong Board members view change as an opportunity for review and improvement.
Avoids taking things personally. It goes without saying that Board members can’t please everyone all the time. There’s a lot of give and take in an association. Thus, when homeowners complain, it may feel like they are holding you personally responsible. Strong Board members don’t take things personally, so complaints don’t damage neighborhood relationships.
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