A guide to the skills required to be an effective chairperson, including keeping the board focused, managing relationships and politics, running meetings well and improving board perfromance.
Chairing a board competently is a proactive undertaking, and the range of activities and responsibilities that a chairman must perform is huge. There are many issues to be considered and skills to be mastered.
Drawing on contributions from chairmen from both the commercial and non-commercial sectors, this book covers every possible topic including: the board's proper role, focusing on strategic issues, monitoring the enterprise, shareholders and stakeholders, board composition, managing the board's business, managing board relationships, and assessing and improving effectiveness. Fully revised and updated, this new edition is required reading for anyone chairing a board who wants to examine the range of their activities, and achieve improved levels of competence in the role.
John Harper is an accomplished company director, having sat on the boards of some 30 companies in the roles of chairman, chief executive, executive director, and non-executive director. He is also an experienced course tutor at the Institute of Directors (IoD), where he leads courses on the roles of chairman, non-executive director, company director and on good board practice. He has helped hundreds of company chairmen and directors develop their roles and responsibilities