The role and skills of the Chair beyond the boardroom

Given the critical importance of the Chairman of the Board to effective governance, it’s surprising how little structured development there is for Chairmen and women.  Rather, there is a heavy reliance on people simply “knowing what to do”.  And a successful executive career doesn’t necessarily equip you for the role of Chair either.

Last month’s bulletin looked at how good Chairs run their meetings.  But, of course, being Chairman of the Board is not only about what happens in the boardroom: being a good leader of meetings is important, but that alone doesn’t make you a good Chair.  Through our board reviews, we see and hear a lot about what works well and not so well.  So this month, we thought we’d share some more of our thinking, this time looking more widely at the job of the Chair outside the boardroom.