What does it take to thrive as a board chair? In this post, CompassPoint governance consultant Marla Cornelius shares key takeaways from one of our newest programs, Thriving as a Board Chair. This five-month learning experience for board chairs blends CompassPoint’s governance content, expert facilitation, and peer learning. Do her reflections resonate with your board experience?
In the blog post “The Impact of Board Chairs” I talked about (among other things) how important it is for board chairs to adopt a learner’s mindset and connect with other chairs to discuss the challenges that come with this important—but difficult—job. Inspired by this belief and our own experiences as board chairs, my colleague Adriana Rocha and I have been facilitating a five-month-long leadership development series just for board chairs called Thriving as a Board Chair.
We launched the series in August and quickly filled the seats with a terrific group of board chairs from diverse backgrounds. In addition to Adriana and me, there are participants representing all sectors (government, public, private) and stages of career—from emerging leaders to retirees. We are half-way through the series and as I reflect on what we’ve covered thus far, I wanted to share some of what I’ve learned.