We all know that technical skills alone won’t cut it in the boardroom. It is crucial to have a broader distanced helicopter view on all the areas of the business. Successful board directors synthesize skills together to provide balance and ensure collective decisions emerge in the boardroom.
The deeper our technical skills the more we will struggle to adapt to the collective responsibility as a board member, our role in leading the organisation and creating a culture that helps to deliver the strategy. And it was no different for me when I first became a CFO.
Some of the highlights and key messages from the interview with John Reed a seasoned chairman of boards and committees for the 14th video of the series “#GlobalLeadershipHypothesis – what makes a great leader?” are:
❇️Bringing clarity around the vision
❇️Collective cabinet responsibility
❇️A tight team = success
❇️High level of self-awareness and checking your ego at the door
❇️ Leadership is a technical skill in its own right
❇️Good listening skills and humility
❇️Reacting fast when the team doesn’t fit
❇️Bringing humour to the table
Where do you need to improve to be board ready❓
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