When you've been in the venture business as long as I have, you have seen your share of dysfunctional, poisonious board/management situations. None of these needed to occur. They all fall into the "life's too short" category. Understanding, alignment and unification (leave your ego at the door) are the key elements of avoiding this.
For those of you that have read my favorite book, the Tao of Pooh, this may seem familiar…Pooh is the Uncarved Block and just is. It talks a lot about misalignment occurring when we fail to see things as they really are but as we would like them to be. I'm a novice here but seems also common with Buddha's core philosophy around how desiring things (versus seeing/accepting what is) leads to pain and suffering.