By U. Lindgren

In accordance with specific entry interviews with prime chairmen and senior executives, All Above Board examines the main services of the right twenty first century board, how and why badly led forums fail, and what adjustments will be made to enhance board habit and potency for top perform.

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The director responsible for seeing that the board works as a team and that the various skills and competencies of the individual board members are brought to bear on key tasks of the board. This role also leverages the potential that a diversity of background and skills of the board members could deliver. 3. Governor Role: A third and maybe a more traditional role, is the ‘Governor Role’, which is to be the company’s spokesman to the world in matters of relationships, overall governance, and interaction with regulators/legislators.

But when possible and whenever the two leaders at the top jointly agree to form such a duo, it should be carefully considered. It must be a joint initiative with a full consensus on division of tasks and roles. The emerging new chairman profession Without exception, all chairmen agreed that the role of the chairman should be enhanced and defined as a key resource for the corporation as a whole. They also agreed that it should be recognized and defined as a new profession with all the requirements for qualifications that go with a leadership role.

But this Chairman, who is chairing the board of a large European industrial group, is not alone in his search for a face and a voice with whom to discuss. This phenomenon, where there is a lack of a clearly identified owner who is tangible and present, is indeed one of the issues most chairmen and senior board members raised with me during the long discussions we have had during my work. Obviously, this is a situation that is related to the publicly listed companies whose stock is trading on the stock exchange, and where institutional ownership has become a standard rather than an exception.

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