i Have a question that is close to another one that was recently asked. Mine doesn't deal with "disruptive" behaviour, but more with someone who is very strong willed and overpowering.
I am on a board for my village. We meet every other week to discuss village matters. We are all elected - though to be completely fair to the election process each district in the village had an unopposed candidate. We each hold two year terms. During the last election cycle (2012) a new member was elected. He is new to the village (moved in early 2011), but was a local politician in his former city. He was reelected a few weeks ago.
This individual is, admittedly, very intelligent and knows what he is talking about. However it comes across as arrogance and rudeness when dealing with other board members. His very strong personality dominates the meetings. On multiple occasions he's requested the meeting be rescheduled to a different date due to a conflict of some kind. He also has an expectation of immediate results after motions have been passed.
This individual is dominating the group and it feels like people are becoming less engaged. Since he (and the rest of us) are elected, we can't just ask him to leave. We also can't change meeting times without jumping through proper hoops due to village by-laws.
How can I approach this person to explain the problem we have with his behaviour. I really am not sure if this is just larger city politics moving into my tiny village or if it's a personality conflict between someone who has had much more experience in larger political arena.