Used with permission from Richard Thompson of www.Regenesis.net
As a member of a volunteer homeowner association board, it’s useful to codify the goals and behaviors an effective director should seek in a Code of Conduct. It not only serves as a constant reminder for those that are serving but can also help screen out candidates with hidden agendas. Consider adopting something like this.
As a director serving the interests of my homeowner associations, I agree to:
- Act in the Community’s Interests. Directors will strive for the common good of the homeowner association, foregoing personal interests. Personal agendas will be left at home.
- Engage in Lawful Acts. All board actions will comply with the governing documents and the law. To accomplish this requires thoughtful deliberation and input of knowledgeable professionals.
- Maintain High Standards of Conduct. Directors conduct should be above reproach and avoid the appearance of impropriety.
- Demonstrate Mutual Respect. Directors will address each other and homeowners with respect, even when in disagreement.
- Attend All Board Meetings. Effectiveness is based on keeping informed and making informed decisions. This is made possible by attending meetings where decisions are made.
- Be Prepared. Directors will come prepared to meetings by reviewing the agenda and related materials before the meeting
- Keep Focused. Directors will listen attentively and courteously to demonstrate respect and willingness to learn.
- Maintain Confidentiality. Directors will not share highly sensitive information and respect the privacy of all owners.
- Maintain a Supportive Attitude. Directors will encourage owners, employees, managers and contractors to promote better performance and teamwork.
- Be Loyal. Directors will respect the authority of the Board by not undermining majority decisions and enacted policy.
- Respect the Rules. Directors will obey the homeowner association rules to set a positive example for others. Directors are not “above the law.”
- Pay Assessments on Time. Directors will remain current in all charges and will not expect special treatment.
- Promote Harmony. Directors will promote community harmony in act, word and deed.
A Code of Conduct controls caustic communications, curtails conflicts and calms cantankerous communities. Adopt one today!
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