Understand Behaviors to Get Ethical Outcomes

Understand Behaviors to Get Ethical Outcomes

By: Bonnie F. Mattick

What drives people to behave unethically and sow conflict among their peers? Personality and behavior-assessment tools can help you understand behavior patterns and improve relationships on your board and committees.

I've had many positive experiences in associations I've belonged to, but I still remember one that left me feeling frustrated. I served on the board of one association in which a senior officer with strong, assertive behavior characteristics constantly competed for recognition and was determined to be seen and heard above all others. She often bypassed board members and committee chairs to achieve her goals, and she routinely took others' ideas and presented them as her own. Not surprisingly, her unethical conduct created stress and hard feelings among the other board members. ...