If you want to get a board seat in 2014, then there are three key areas of focus that you need to prioritize in order to make it happen. Take these steps to position yourself as a viable director candidate:
1. Pay Attention to Your Self-signals
Do you have a negative or positive voice that speaks to you as you progress toward your goal this year? Are you overstated or understated? Learn to hear your thoughts and turn off the naysayer.
2. Be Aware of Your Choices
The ability to stretch and the ability to limit yourself this year is up to you. Be consciously aware of the choices you make to achieve your goal. Make your choices specific and doable—actions that will build your confidence. Know what will distract you, and find the courage to say. “No.”
3. Plan a Budget
The money you spend can be for coaching, networking and education. Fly out to see that board lead at your expense. Make a 5-minute video that puts your best foot forward with what you bring to a specific board. These efforts will differentiate you from others. Being a director candidate can be an expensive goal but well worth both your time and money.