Nancy,Thanks for thinking through this! I wish more people would. One way I like to explain it: Suppose you’re a small business owner, and your daughter works for you. You have multiple roles: parent and employer. There are some things you can say or do as a parent that you can’t say or do as an employer – and vice versa. You would want to always be aware of which role you are in during a given conversation. Further, you have a responsibility to make sure your daughter understands what role you’re in when you speak to her. Perhaps most of the time it is obvious, but when it isn’t, you have the responsibility to communicate which role it is.
So at an association board meeting, if you are the association president for example, your bylaws likely say you get to chair the board meeting – but during the meeting, your primary role is that of Director, to work together with the other Directors to make decisions for the good of the overall association.After the meeting, an owner comes to you for advice on how to submit an Architectural Request. Can you help them? I believe you can – but again you have to inform the owner that you are not advising them as a Director or as an Architectural Review Committee member, and that your guidance is not binding on the association.