Care: It is quite a commitment to volunteer time without pay. It is important that you be fully informed on the issues on the agenda and that you are committed to attend the meetings. If you are not committed, you must resign.

Obligation: Board members are obligated to look out for the best interest of the organization.

Competency: The director must strive to stay informed and be competent.

Do it Right: Often times, making the right decision is not always the popular decision and it’s hard.

Respect: Members must respect the other directors. No side conversations and remain focused on the matter at hand.

Unity: It takes work to continue to work together as a unit and it’s really important to get and stay on the same page.

Willingness: Someone must have the willingness to serve. It’s not a benefit to anyone if a director was “talked into joining” and wasn’t really committed or willing. They will wash out!

Open Minded: Directors must be open-minded. Meaningful and opposing conversation is encouraged. Someone with a closed mind believes they know it all and that can be a danger to the organization.

Conflicts of Interest: If a director has a conflict of interest they must disclose it and perhaps excuse themselves from discussion or a vote on the matter. The conflict may be real or perceived.

Honesty: A director must be honest, period. 

Meetings: Directors must be prepared for meetings. If a director is not prepared it will show and the director will appear stupid in front of the group. The materials for the meeting must be read and reviewed before the meeting. 

There are these and a number of other rules to be followed. The exciting part is that all of these rules are the same general rules for leadership. Want to change your business? Change what you focus on and see what happens. 

The Association of Realtors just completed their first ever GLVAR Leadership Series. It was a five week leadership introduction for members interested in what happens at the association level. One of the pieces of reading material was “The Perfect Board” by 

Calvin Clemons, CAE, CMP. Some of the above concepts were taken from that work. If you are interested in leadership at the association level, keep your eye open for the next Leadership Series! 

Many members at large of an association often think, “I’d like to be on a committee” or someday “I should serve as a director.” but they hesitate because they don’t believe they have the know-how or experience to“get involved.” I am going to suggest that some of the best leaders I’ve ever met thought the same way at one time or another. 

Whether it was a particular issue they became passionate about or someone they had respect for said, “you should join this committee” or they just came to the realization that it was time to give back to their association, they ended up finding themselves in some sort of leadership role. 

I am going to encourage you, the reader, to ask yourself honestly… ”Have I ever considered joining a committee at the association but just haven’t done it yet?” Well, if you failing to this boat and just want to get your feet wet, I’d suggest that you see if you can join a “work group” or contribute to a sub-committee, you may just find that you like it. 

As a speaker and trainer I have said to many groups that we have an ongoing obligation, to the people we serve,to remain students of the market. In other words, the public relies on us to be up to speed on local, state and federal changes regarding real estate, and we have an obligation to know what the heck is really happening. 

One of the absolute best ways to put yourself in the middle of that awareness is being involved at the Association of Realtors. Becoming involved will give you the opportunity to learn some or all of the rules necessary to become a GREAT leader and at the same time it will ultimately help you in your real estate business. It’s like a double bonus. 

There is a lot to serving on a “Board of Directors” and most members will never know what goes into it until they begin that service. Here is a sneak preview: 

Loyalty: The board member must now become loyal to the organization as a whole and not be focused on just their personal wants and needs.

Obedience: The board member must now become familiar with the actual documents that govern the Association and be willing to follow both the letter and spirit of these documents.