PA’s Chairman, Marcus Agius, is quoted in an article which looks at boardroom challenges. Marcus comments on some of the key qualities and behaviours that are needed in order to build an effective board.
The article explains that the relationship between the Chairman and CEO sets the tone for the board, if not the entire organisation.
Marcus explains the importance of board dynamics: “When you have a dominant CEO you may feel there are topics they don’t want to discuss. That’s a recipe for disaster and it’s up to the chair to challenge that – there should be nothing you can’t talk about with the board; no subject should be taboo.”
Marcus goes on to talk about the role of non-executive directors. He believes that while it’s a non-executive director’s duty to ask questions and challenge, it shouldn’t hinder a good executive team. He feels that non-executive directors should “be champions of the executives and be there to support them in making the enterprise prosper, rather than trying to trip them up.”