Joining the HOA board is a big step for many people. A lot of energy goes into ensuring that new board members are caught up, understand their role and responsibilities, and are fulfilling their duties. But what about those members who have been a part of the board for several years? What can you do to keep your service meaningful and motivating?
- Serve as a mentor. Work with new board members to help them improve their skills and knowledge. You may even consult with homeowners who are considering joining the board so they gain a better understanding of the expectations and what the board actually does. Use your experience and insight to serve as a positive role model.
- Stay educated. Maybe you’ve been the treasurer for five years, but there is always more to learn. Sign up for professional development courses or seminars to stay up-to-date with current trends and procedures. Learn new skills and brush up on old ones so that you can help the HOA to operate as effectively as possible.
- Keep an open mind. Times are changing. The HOA can’t always keep doing things the way they’ve always been done. Be open to change and trying new things. Push yourself to take on new responsibilities or do things in a different way. Don’t vote against things just because it’s not what you’re used to. Homeowners can bring great ideas to the table if you hear them out and give them a chance.
- Stay engaged. It’s easy to become complacent or go on autopilot when you’ve held the same position for several years. Stay involved and be fully present at meetings. Look for opportunities to make improvements and keep the HOA current in its practices. Don’t let yourself overlook potential problems because you’re not really focused on what you’re doing; look for ways to get involved that challenge and excite you.
- Plan your succession. If you know you’re getting ready to step down from the board, plan ahead. You might not know exactly who will take your seat, but you can prepare notes about the tasks that you handle and tips for the next person. Be willing to stay on a bit longer to train an incoming board member and help them learn the ropes. You’re still a part of the HOA community, so make sure the board is set up for success even when you’ve stepped down.
Every day brings new challenges and opportunities, so make the most of your time as a board member. If your board is heading toward burnout or not functioning as effectively as it could be, turn to Kuester for guidance and support. We’re here to help your HOA community thrive.