Those aspiring to chair a Board for the first time, whether they are candidates or recently nominated, are taking on a profoundly different and distinctive leadership challenge.
Our mentors have experience and a deep understanding of what becoming a successful Chair involves.
Our chairs have served on over 175 listed company Boards, across all sectors, in 61 different countries
Stepping up to the role of Chair is a subtle transition from operator to influencer, from counsellor to consensus-builder and, above all, from talker to listener
Shaping the Board, engendering trust and teamwork, while remaining ruthlessly objective and coping with the unexpected, are just some of the skills our Chairs have learned to master.
Those aspiring to chair a Board for the first time, whether they are candidates or recently nominated, are taking on a profoundly different and distinctive leadership challenge. Top-level prior experience, gained in both executive and non-executive roles, takes them only so far.
Successful Chairs swiftly learn to master their egos and behave in a different way, while remaining true to their authentic selves. But some trial and error is also inevitable, and this can be at the expense of optimum performance, especially in the early stages of tenure.
"I anticipated before taking my first Chair appointment, that the role and responsibilities of Chair are utterly different from those of a CEO, especially with no direct control of resources to make things happen. The need to perfect a different leadership style, while in theory being obvious, is in practice more testing. So, mentoring support from seasoned Chairs was extremely helpful.
Whether as a first-time Chair taking on a settled ‘steady-state’ Board, or a team that has to be reshaped, one needs help to play oneself in.
Working with experienced Chair mentors was invaluable in three key respects in being able to:
Finally, for me, it was the transfer of the experience of Chairmanship and the chemistry match between myself and my mentors which were the most important criteria in their selection. Relevant industry/sector experience was useful, but not essential."