THE IDEAL BOARD CANDIDATE

A combined board is stronger than any one individual and its collective capability combines a range of individual skills, experiences and potential. While board selection decisions come down to four factors, there are important questions for nominations committees and candidates to consider to determine who is the ‘right’ director.

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CONFLICT AND OPPORTUNITY

When conflict isn’t addressed, it takes on a life of its own, with sides emerging, focus diverted, wrong fights battled, tactics becoming destructive and the pushing of competitive bias. In high-trust cultures, people may debate rigorously, but they also cooperate and readily commit to the best overall future. Constructing the right degree of tension is the challenge.

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THE DIRECTOR INTERVIEW

While there is not a single approach to a directorship interview - the type of board as well as the skill and style of those conducting the interview shape the experience - new directors will need to counter any biases or pre-existing preferences and shift the focus from exact experience to transferable skills or potential.

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