Whether you are a newly elected board member or one who has served for several years, you should come to the table with an open mind and a desire to build consensus. Being a board member means that you are part of a team of volunteers who have decided, for whatever reason, that they want to be a part of the decision-making process for their community.
You may offer a special talent or have specific expertise that can benefit the community. Serving on the board may help you gain experience that enhances your career goals, or you simply have the time and want to help in any way you can. Maybe you were recruited by fellow neighbors, committee members or even your management company. What now? The most important reason to serve on the board, in my opinion, is for the betterment of the community for your neighbors, your family and you.