You’re a chairman. Or you’d like to be a chair, a great chair of…
Corporate meetings.A company.A not-for-profit.An advisory Board.A school board.A strategic innovation board… or whatever.
As appointed or elected Chairs, we do a lot more than simply chair a variety of meetings, of course. We also:
- mentor the CEO, principal or organisational head
- monitor how well the Board, and each member, performs and contributes
- liaise with each member to ensure they continue to make an ongoing and meaningful contribution
- meet with the CEO to set meeting agendas and decide priorities
- liaise with the Organisational Head to ensure actions and recommendations are followed up
- work in a variety of ways to ensure the Board, and organisation as a whole, are balancing the needs for: great corporate governance, effective and efficient day-to-day operations, and building a new, different and more innovative future
- be on the look out always for new organisational talent and ensure that talent is developed
- be a prime mover, with the CEO, in creating core strategic alliances for the organisation
- monitor how our organisation is viewed by its core stakeholders and the wider community.
In brief our role is not just to facilitate a great present for the organisation. But also to deliver an even better future.
So as chairs, no matter how experienced or inexperienced we are, we too need to continue to develop our understandings, skills, and networks.
And if we are a full-time professional chair of a number of Boards or organisations, we may need our own Virtual Assistant or office suite.