The Importance of Board Composition

Board composition has received a lot of attention in recent years, as investors have gotten focused on the important director’s role. The board is comprised of members who each bring their own experience, knowledge, and expertise to the table. But the main goal of any effective board is to work as a unit in order to monitor performance and help the CEO.

To accomplish this, the board needs to be well-equipped and organized to fulfill its purpose. Often, this is achieved by creating a strong team that can uncover the truth and be a sounding board that is critical.

It is generally recommended that boards have directors with experience and first-time directors to ensure a variety of perspectives and experience. To achieve this, it’s essential to establish an objective framework that allows the nominating committees as well as the board to assess the qualities, skills and abilities needed to be an ideal candidate for director positions.

A popular tool is a board matrix that provides individual characteristics that could aid in the selection process of possible board members. It is important to remember that the mere fact that one has certain traits, does not mean they are the perfect fit for the position.

In newer organizations, a special type of blockage can arise when the founders are the dominant. They believe they know best and aren’t willing to risk a change. This could lead to a “founders syndrome” whereby nominating committees don’t recognize the need for fresh ideas and a refresh of the composition of the board.

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