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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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