Integrity: Demonstrating a zero tolerance for unethical behavior, both for themselves and their colleagues.
Independence: Having no unique business, financial or personal relationships — or hoped-for-relationships — that create even the perception of a conflict of interest.
Mature Confidence: Speaking out and actively participating in board and committee deliberations.
Corporate Manners: Recognizing the difference between productively participating in discussions and counter-productively dominating deliberations through the volume or length of comments. Must be able to work with other members to create workable compromises.
A Sense of Context: Making relevant, informed comments focused on the specific aspect of the issue being considered. Must be able to stay on topic.
Courage: Willingness to do the right thing/make the right decision even if it is difficult or unpopular (i.e., no fence sitting).
Commitment: Understanding that being an effective board member requires the time, the heart, and the standards to make the enterprise successful.
Do you agree with these? Are any missing?
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