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Leading the Board

Leading the Board Program
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Leading the board of directors is a major challenge, requiring great wisdom and sensitivity. Strathmore Business School’s new program, LEADING THE BOARD, is aimed specially at chairpersons – those asked to provide leadership, guidance and oversight to that essential organ of corporate governance, the board of directors. Those who have led boards know it is a role that requires a delicate touch as well as a firm hand. Leading boards is quite unlike leading other teams: meetings are infrequent, limiting the opportunities for bonding; the routines are often stilted and rigid; and fellow directors are all accomplished individuals, leaders in their own right. Doing the chairperson’s job well rarely brings personal credit, as that is usually shared between the board and management; doing it badly, however, can lead to a dramatic loss of reputation as the leader of the board tends to shoulder most of the blame.

Key Learning

  • Understanding the role of chairperson
  • Wisdom from those who have done it well – case studies in leading boards
  • The top issues that every chairperson must be on top of
  • The interpersonal dynamics of managing the board
  • The ‘wise chair’ – how to develop wisdom in leading the board
  • Chairing badly – common traps to avoid

Program structure

The program utilises a combination of learning aids and approaches such as pre-reading materials, lectures, syndicate group discussions and peer group learning. A strong emphasis is laid on performance management concepts and on world-wide best practices which are applicable in the local and regional business environment.

Who should attend

Leading the Board is for sitting chairpersons and vice-chairs of private and public-sector entities. Directors who are close to ‘taking the reins’ of board leadership will also be considered. A small, carefully selected group of participants will be assembled each year to provide a mix of experiences and contexts, and create lively and insightful debate.

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