About Board Candidates
Nominating committees are always looking for board members who could be interested in joining the organization. They often scour online avenues such as LinkedIn, Bridgespan and BoardnetUSA to find potential candidates interested in the position. They also contact their networks – staff members, volunteers, donors, and members – to see if they have any potential candidates.
When deciding on candidates, the nominating committee needs to be aware of the qualities they are looking for in a board member. They want someone who is competent in providing strategic direction and has the right mix of knowledge and experience to guide the company.
You can determine the most effective candidates by evaluating their enthusiasm and commitment to your mission. If they are fervent about the cause they are likely to make choices that align with the mission, and they will have the determination to continue pushing forward.
School board candidates, especially during district elections, usually face a variety of other qualified candidates. They need to be able distinguish themselves from their opponents, whether it is by using a catchy slogan, or presenting a plan of how they would enhance the school system in their district.
Boards also need to consider the individual characteristics of a potential candidate, such as confidence, intelligence, high ethical standard, interpersonal skills and the ability to ask the difficult questions. Additionally, it is important that a candidate has sufficient time to fulfill the obligations of a board member.