Reflections from the chair:  Board leadership in a changed world

22 Oct 2020

Reflections from the chair: Board leadership in a changed world

The coronavirus crisis has thrown up challenges for board leadership teams at every kind of organisation. Turbulent times have proved a catalyst for rapid evolution in the role of the chair.

For this White Paper, we interviewed 21 chairs of organisations located in Ireland spanning financial services, not-for-profit and the state sector. They shared their insights into the impact of the crisis to date and its likely ramifications for boards going forward.

We found that the crisis sparked an increase in communication between the chair and the CEO but many chairs expressed qualms about the shortcomings of virtual communications in the board context.

Among the other important themes that emerged were:

  • the need to bring more data insight and change management capability onto boards;
  • greater focus on risk management and employee wellbeing;
  • overcoming challenges around engagement and effectiveness;
  • fresh ways of working and the characteristics required of future leaders; and
  • advice for new chairs.
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Reflections from the chair: Board leadership in a changed world

Insight from 21 Chairs in Ireland on the impacts of the crisis.

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