As a member of a volunteer homeowner association board, it's important to codify the goals and behaviors an effective director should strive for. It not only serves as a constant reminder for those that are serving but can also help screen out director candidates with hidden agendas. Consider adopting something like this:
Act in the HOA's Interests. Directors will strive for the common good of the homeowner association, forgoing personal interests.
Lawful Actions. All board actions will comply with the governing documents and the law.
High Standards of Conduct. Conduct should be above reproach and avoid the appearance of impropriety.
Mutual Respect. Directors will address other directors and homeowners with respect, even when in disagreement.
Meeting Attendance. Directors will attend all board meetings unless there is a valid excuse.
Be Prepared. Directors will come prepared to meetings by reviewing the agenda and related materials before the meeting and listen attentively and courteously.
Confidentiality. Directors will maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information and respect the privacy of all owners.
Positive Attitude. Directors will encourage employees, managers and contractors to promote better performance and teamwork.
Support and Loyalty. Directors will respect the authority of the Board by not undermining majority decisions.
Respect the Rules. Directors will obey the rules to set a positive example for others.
Pay Assessments. Directors will remain current in all fees owed to the HOA.
Promote Harmony. Directors will promote community harmony in act, word and deed.
A Board Code of Conduct controls caustic communications, curtails conflicts and calms cantankerous communities. Adopt one today!
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