By Maria Lahiffe
Do you enjoy your board meetings? Do you feel respected and heard?
Behaviour at board meetings certainly varies from person to person, and from board to board. Most of us use common sense to guide our actions. We treat people with civility and respect, and expect the same of them.
Effective board functioning rests on behaviours such as board members focus on issues, not people; avoid being judgemental; and make sure everyone has equal opportunity to speak. Some boards find that effectiveness is best served by having a formal code of conduct. Here are some things you may want to consider adding to your board’s code of conduct.
Board members shall: 
What is in your board code of conduct? What would you add to the above list?
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