The role of the board chair
11 June 2019
Publications and other resources about effective board leadership.
A companion volume to the Nine steps to good governance, this guide covers chairs at all stages of development.
Templates and good practice
- Board charter and governance policies (included in the board charter) (DOC)
- Board room competencies (DOC)
- Commitment letter for new directors (DOC)
- Forms of agenda (DOC)
- Board paper structure (DOC)
- Using the board's expertise (PDF)
- Ten things a chair must know (PDF)
- Key aspects of the chairman's role (PDF)
- Eight basic expectations a chief executive has of his or her board (PDF)
- Board-CEO relationship (PDF)
- CEO-chair relationship (PDF)
- Quiet time - when the board meets alone (PDF)
- Relevant information only please - board papers (PDF)
- Writing for the board (PDF)
- Writing for the board (2) Structure of reports (suggested structure for board) (PDF)
- Difficult conversations (PDF)
- Dealing to board meeting time wasters (PDF)
- When the CEO's tail wags the board's dog (PDF)
- Greenleaf, Robert, K. Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness. New York: Paulist Press, 1977.
- Carver, John. The Case for a CGO. Board Leadership # 56. July-August 2001.
- Carver, John. On Board Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002, p 178.
- Bosch, Henry. The Director at Risk: Accountability in the Boardroom. South Melbourne: Pitman Publishing, 1995.
- Pick, Katharina. First Among Equals: Leading Your Fellow Directors as a Board Chair. In Boardroom Realities, (ed)J Conger, 2009.
- Leblanc, Richard. Inside the Boardroom. Canada: John Wiley and Sons, 2005. & Gillies, James.
- Carver, John. The Unique Double Servant Leader Role of the Board Chairperson. Sourced from the Reprint File: www.carvergovernance.com.