If you are experiencing low board engagement, even in a small subset of board members, it’s more often that board commitment is not a high enough priority for success.
There are a variety of steps you, as the executive director, can take to address the matter of making board member commitment the right priority for success. Of course, what specific steps to take depends on a number of cultural factors. This post does not attempt to address culture and the myriad contextual factors that may exist in a specific organization or situation. But there are some general approaches that have proven useful to me.