The Good Governance Guide To Boardroom Dynamics
Publishers: The Chartered Governance Institute (cgi.org.uk)
Author: Jeremy Cross
Series Editor : Sue Lawrence
The dynamics within a board room are not the responsibility of any one person. All those connected to a board can strive to deliver success.
This book is a must for anyone interested in board dynamics. Jeremy Cross is able to relate to organisational and system design and successfully links this to the expanding arena of leadership. Organisational structures impact on board effectiveness and personal behaviours and dynamics of individuals reflect the impact of individual influence within the collective group that make up a board.
Theory and models are considered to explore the effectiveness and efficiency of the board. Dynamics within the boardroom are influenced not only by those appointed to the board but by those individuals who work alongside the board either within their designated role or as individuals aligned to one or more board members. We read about the invisible leader and the team coach, roles which recognize that a board can be effective not only through its own actions and interactions, but as a result of effectiveness and influence of those around it.
Boardroom dynamics refers to the interactions between board members individually and collectively in the boardroom. Board dynamics is the most vital aspect to understand the positive influence for success governance outcomes. Board dynamics includes boardroom dynamics and incorporates broader topics of culture internal boardroom dynamics influence, the influence of wider stakeholder systems external to the board and systemic stakeholder engagement. Wider stakeholder engagement is essential and it is the board that has the role of delivering success for all concerned.
Part one of the book focuses on the importance of board dynamics. Part two dwells on understanding board dynamics. Part three focuses on effecting change in the boardroom. The board can create an environment that fosters resilience. With the increasing need for resilience in the modern workplace to manage stress, the first-century governance professional is a ‘corporate athlete’.
A variety of influencing techniques leverage smart power to transform what may initially be seen as a task-based role into a position of considerable influence. Smart power is a potent type of power described as ‘the supreme exercise of power to get others to have the desires you want them to have’ . This kind of power is concerned with influencing others to change their perceptions so they intrinsically choose to do something emanating out of their own motivation.
This brilliantly written resource serves up practical advice, enhances understanding and provides expertise that allows the reader to influence boardroom performance and embrace the essentials and issues that affect board diversity, personal characteristics, emotional intelligence at a personal and collective level. In offering practical direction in how best to work with others, and ideas on how to manage talent, this book successfully intertwines personal and professional resilience with pointers to develop behavoural agility.
It’s a Battle on the Board (Foreward by Tesse Akpeki FCG)
Being knowledgeable and experienced as a trustee is important, but having the ability to interact effectively with fellow board members, that is where good governance really starts. Get it wrong and, very quickly, you’ve got a battle on the board.
Debra Allcock Tyler’s approach to this challenging subject is characteristically engaging as she adopts a different ABBA tune as the theme for each chapter. Frank and real-life examples firmly to the fore, she mixes leadership theory with practical advice delivered straight from the shoulder.
What does it cover?
- Understanding the trustee role
- Working with fellow trustees and the CEO
- Compliance and regulation
- Dealing with information and understanding the money
- The psychology of decision-making
- Managing risk and handling crisis
So, if you are a trustee or about to become one, you will benefit from the insights and hard-won wisdom distilled in this book. If you want to be the dancing queen (or king) of good governance and avoid a waterloo for your charity, then this book is for you.
Who is this book for?
Newly baked and established trustees and CEOs striving for harmony on the board. Also valuable for senior managers.
‘A book with a difference. It recognises that self-awareness and emotional, social and cultural intelligence are at the core of exemplary leadership.’
Tesse Akpeki, Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, Organisational Health and Person-centred Consultant and Founder of the Wellbeing, Leadership and Resilience Leadership initiative (from the Foreword)
‘Good governance is about more than process – it’s also about people. This book “written by a human being for human beings”, helps us put trust back into trustee relationships.’
It’s A Battle of the Mind by Debbie Allcock Tyler’s newest publication Foreword by Tesse Akpeki