If a disgruntled ex-board member is undercutting your relationships with
funders, accountability, says Dr. Conflict, lies with the CEO. A thorough interview,
background check, and time-limited committee work with the candidate
do well to weed out the bad apples, and it is the chief executive’s responsibility
to ensure his or her board is not engaging in sloppy recruitment. But in the event
of such a situation, use it as an opportunity to educate your board on the
essential role advocacy plays in the success of your organization’s mission.