As we move through our leadership career, often our career trajectory is headed for the boardroom. When looking to become a board member, how do you know if this is the right career move for you? Paid board positions are few and far between, and a board position can be very time-consuming. These roles also come with a high level of responsibility, accountability, commitment and risk. That being said, it can be an enriching experience if you are passionate about the organisation or not-for-profit’s purpose and people.
If a board room seat is your goal, then here are some steps you should be taking to put you on the path to success:
- Be excellentat your day job
- Make it known that you are looking for directorship
- Network and put yourself out there
- Create another CV specifically for Board positions
- Do your research and join board registers
- Take on other roles within your organisation or pro-bono work that can boot your Boardresume and candidacy
- Make sure your personal brand is onorder ordevelop it further to stand out.
Likewise, ask yourself the following questions:
- Assess your knowledge; what can I bring to the table, and am I ready in my career to make this commitment?
- Do you genuinely have the time and desire to serve this board?
- What risk will I be taking on joining this board? Even voluntary non-paid positions still have legal and financial risks.
- A board position is an extension of yourself, like your day job. How will this affect my reputation?
- Are you financially literate? You need to ensure you are improvingtheboard or organisation by contributing to their objectives.
- Are you genuinely invested in growing this board and organisation? Make sure this career move isn’t just about building an impressive portfolio.
- In what capacity can I contribute beyond my day job?
- Will this detract from other important things in my life, or can I strike a healthy balance?