Leading From the Chair

INSEAD Business School

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  • 3 days
  • in person

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INSEAD Business School


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Leading from the Chair focuses on the key role of the chair in leading the board of directors and relies on the exchange of ideas among participants with relevant experience. It is designed for the chairs and vice-chairs of boards of directors. To ensure productive diversity programme, directors may admit up to one quarter of participants who currently do not occupy chair’s positions – chairs of major board committees with significant experience, chairs of management boards and executive committees, members of regulatory governing bodies, chiefs of staff from the government or military.

About the course

Achieving board effectiveness through strong leadership

INSEAD’s Leading from the Chair programme provides chairs with the opportunity to discover, share and practise techniques for achieving greater board effectiveness. Because the role of the chair in particular has assumed greater significance, visibility and complexity than in the past, an increasingly different skill set and distinctive form of engaged, informed and strong board leadership is required.

From setting direction and shaping strategy to acting as the pivot between the board, CEO and external stakeholders, the demands and challenges facing chairs are ever-increasing. In this context, the need for an exceptional chair has never been more crucial in board effectiveness and influencing organisational performance and direction. This programme is designed to sharpen your skills for leading an effective and high-performing board, which can effectively set and implement the company’s direction and strategy.

How you benefit

  • Deeper understanding: Achieve deeper understanding of how board and chair roles are changing – and exchange best practices with international peers.
  • Effective meetings: Improve your ability to organise and conduct effective meetings.
  • Coaching and development: Acquire tools for coaching and developing the CEO and senior executives.
  • Challenging executives: Enhance your ability to challenge executives and board members through positive exchanges on the key issues that underpin corporate performance.
  • Addressing pressures: Become better able to address pressures when facing a crisis.

Content Overview

Leading from the Chair is designed to make you a more effective board leader, so much of the learning experience focuses on board simulation workshops that allow you to put strategies into practice. You will also develop skills through individual coaching by faculty and best practice exchanges with your peers – interacting with highly experienced chairs and professors throughout the programme. Continuous self-assessment opportunities will support you in creating an action plan for honing your leadership skills.

The programme focuses on three key areas that are vital in leading and chairing an effective board – and will address the following topics.

Chair responsibilities

  • Setting and measuring board support systems and performance
  • Understanding the keys to effective group dynamics
  • Using evaluation processes
  • Managing the information gap between boards and management

Chair competencIes and skills

  • Motivating individual director performance
  • Facilitating effective meetings
  • Leading difficult discussions
  • Mentoring board-member and management development
  • Developing boards and directors

Crisis events

  • How the role of a chair changes
  • Addressing stakeholder pressure
  • Managing board member anxieties
  • Interacting with the CEO


Timothy Rowley

Bio Timothy Rowley is a Professor of Strategic Management and Organizations at Rotman. He teaches courses in Strategic Management and Governance. Timothy’s research interests focuses on corporate governance, interorganizational cooperation and strategic alliances, social network analysis, and sta...

Stanislav Shekshnia

Stanislav Shekshnia is Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at INSEAD. Stanislav Shekshnia directs the Leading from the Chair Programme. His research concentrates on leadership, leadership development and effective governance at emerging markets and organizations....

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