Executive Education Course

New! Boards that Lead: Corporate Governance that Builds Value

June 16, 2014 – June 17, 2014

A corporate board of directors can create tremendous value for a publicly-traded company. However, an absence of leadership can destroy it.

Increased regulation, shareholder pressures, and corporate governance reforms over the past decade were intended to strengthen the oversight function of boards, leaving the ceremonial role behind. But in the 21st century, becoming better monitors is not enough. Directors need to know when to take charge, when to partner, and when to get out of the way. The fate of businesses, employees, and shareholders depends on their effective leadership on the most crucial issues.

This new program, Boards that Lead: Corporate Governance that Builds Value, expands on the working concept of corporate governance from one of shareholder oversight to director leadership of the most vital company decisions. It provides practical steps that directors and executives can take to make their collaborative leadership most effective and gives new insight on how the board can partner and or delegate. Specifically, participants of this program will learn:

  • What a company should look for when recruiting new directors
  • How a board can effectively engage and motivate corporate management
  • How a board determines suitability when hiring a new CEO
  • How an institutional investor or private equity or hedge fund should evaluate a board before investing in a company

Based on the book Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way, this executive education program provides the latest thinking from some of the world’s most knowledgeable boardroom veterans on how directors can best make a leadership difference.

Impact & Experience

This two-day program will examine the changing role of boards with some of the world’s most pre-eminent thought leaders on the subject. Participants who currently serve on a board will learn how to improve their leadership and decision-making effectiveness. Aspiring board members and those whose roles involve extensive contact with directors will get fresh insights on how to partner with boards and build boards that add new value to the company.

Classroom sessions will be led by faculty and distinguished practitioners including Ram Charan, a trusted advisor to some of the world’s most successful CEOs and consultant to such companies as GE, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, Home Depot, and Verizon. In addition, Boards that Lead will give participants an insider’s view of some of today’s most notable executive offices and boardrooms. An evening panel of prominent, highly experienced executives and directors will share their insights and discuss specific strategies and approaches.

Session topics include:

  • The New Role of the Board
  • CEO and Director Selection
  • Designing Effective Boards
  • How to Succeed in the Boardroom
  • Board Principles

See Executive Education for more information.