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Pros of Board Members

For many, being invited to join a committee is a big deal. It can increase your standing increase your reach and ultimately lead to more opportunities for your career or business.

But, if you’re not sure whether being on an organization is worth the effort of meetings, settling conflicts and reading financial reports, you should consider that money isn’t the major motive for board members. There’s a range of professional skills you will be developed through your experience on the board and these could be extremely beneficial to your career progression.

For instance, if are on the board of an early stage startup, your job may involve running the company in a way that would be impossible to do in your current job. This could be the case for boards that are situated on areas such as insurance/managed care medical law, finance/banking, marketing, real estate or public policy, among others.

In addition to the learning opportunities, being a board member also offers the opportunity to work closely with executives and leaders from different industries. Therefore, working with them in a group to tackle complex issues can help build solid bonds that last to the personal level.

There are many other factors that influence the decision to join a board of directors, including the compensation and unique perks. These can range from the use of a corporate jet to the possibility to test company products. It is essential to be fully informed about the expectations of the organization which includes time commitments in clear communication, as well as your capacity to contribute.

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