Elevating Board Performance: The Significance of Director Mindset, Operating Context, and Other Behavioral and Functional Considerations
World Financial Review, p. 11, January-February 2012
5 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2012
Date Written: January 1, 2012
Despite considerable reforms over the past two decades, boards – particularly at financial institutions – have been criticized recently for poor stewardship.
This article argues that the lack of attention to behavioral and functional considerations – in particular, relating to director mindset, board operating context, and evolving human dynamics – has hampered the board’s effectiveness.
To reach their potential, boards and their members should: 1) think like an owner; 2) know their companies; 3) be prepared to ‘roll up their sleeves’; 4) take charge of their priorities; 5) hire a collaborative CEO; and 6) protect their authority and independence.
This article is a shortened version of the author’s Northwestern University School of Law working paper (available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1832234).
Keywords: Board of directors, mindset and behavior, board culture, independence and authority
JEL Classification: G34, D23, D82
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