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10 Habits of Highly Effective Directors

Continuing Professional Development:
Essential Checklist

Joining a board of directors is a big responsibility. It enables you to make an enhanced contribution to the success of the organisation but it also involves responsibilities and risks.

Directors are involved in an organisation at a higher, more strategic level. We have a greater leverage and are able to make a greater contribution.

The UK Corporate Governance code requires all directors to regularly update and refresh their skills and knowledge.

What makes the difference between a mediocre director and an effective director is behaviour. And the best way to guarantee effective behaviour is to develop good habits.

So how effective are you?

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10 habits of highly effective directors

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  • Establish your role and regular appraisals with your chairman

  • Diarise times for preparation for meetings

  • Be prepared to ask for help

  • Be prepared to challenge

  • Ensure that decision  making employs rigorous techniques

  • Make sure that all decisions, including objections, are minuted

  • Act as a role model and demonstrate leadership

  • Adopt a routine for monitoring the media

  • Network for contacts and ideas

  • Commit time for CPD study and activities

Follow-up actions

You will find plenty of space to record actions you've decided you need to take and when you need to take them.

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