The indispensable dynamics of boardroom behaviour
Successful association leadership demands the inclusion of different perspectives and ideas. Maintaining a Board of talented and dedicated directors with a diverse mix of expertise, experience, skills and backgrounds ensures an association benefits from all available talent; mitigates against group think; adds fresh insights to strategic planning; and ensures Board composition reflects the nature of the environment in which the association operates.
It is so important that an association’s Board doesn’t simply pay lip service to diversity. Diversity for its own sake falls short of both need and opportunity. A breadth of perspective, not the mere inclusion of various diverse traits, benefits an association but this must be within the context of a genuine commitment to promoting a culture of inclusively and equity, which is free of conscious or unconscious bias and discrimination. Equally, this must be underpinned by a commitment to engage honestly and in the spirit of a high-performing team. Through candid discussion, objective debate and considered study you will explore what it means in practice to construct a quality Board that combines calibre and expertise with character and experience and is predicated on a foundation of trust-based relationships and honesty-based governance.
1. Appreciate and describe the value of heterogeneity in the boardroom;
2. Articulate why and how a Board should draw upon a diverse set of competencies, knowledge and perspectives to successfully address the complex issues facing their association;
3. Understand and implement the succession planning process, including nurturing the talent pipeline and investing in directors’ professional development;
4. Place priority on effective communications skills and interpersonal acumen; and
5. Welcome Board performance evaluation as an opportunity for growth, and for adding value to the association.