Our time is so valuable. On any given day, you likely have a dozen things you need to tackle or attend to. Joining a board of directors may look like just another thing to eat up your time, but the experience can provide you with lifelong skills that you can use in your day-to-day life even after your term is up. If you are considering joining a board, here are a few reasons why you might want to say yes:
- It will grow your network. According to an article by Alyssa Gelbard on Ellevate Network, being on a board of directors puts you in a room with other intelligent, well-connected people like yourself. When you continually meet with these people, you build relationships that connect you to resources and other people you could benefit from knowing.
- Enhance your credibility. Put simply, sitting on a board makes you look pretty good. The article on Ellevate Network explains that having an organization value your insight enough to have your serve on their board boosts your reputation.
- You will learn about teamwork. Top Nonprofits explains that one great value of serving on a board is the lessons you learn in dealing with others. Every person on the board comes from different backgrounds and experiences, meaning you will more than likely have some disagreements. Learning to navigate these disagreements in a professional, productive way will help you become a great leader.
- Gain insight into the operations. Serving on a board means you are right in the middle of the action, explains Heikki Vaananen, writing for Forbes. You get a deep dive into the strategy, goals, and other inner-workings of the organization. This not only helps you become a better member of the organization, but it will also give you fantastic experience to take with you throughout your whole career.
- You will make a difference. Forbes explains that one of the most rewarding parts of being on a board is making a real difference. You are personally able to help your organization move forward and accomplish its mission.
Going for a board role is a lot to consider. While it may take up some time and energy for a while, you are signing up for an incredibly rewarding experience that will help you build your career for life.
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