Study: Efficient competencies for Board Members – 3

September 20th, 2012 – Vienna, Austria – AIMS International has launched the first issue of its international study about the most efficient competencies for Board Members.

Part one and two of the Executive Summary dealt with the importance and signals of the Sense of Ethics, Strategic Thinking, Commitment and Sense of Responsibility, Judgment. Find hereafter the Executive Summary – Part III.

Executive Summary – Part III

The fith behavior in importance is Communication. A director must say what he thinks, feels and believes in a transparent manner. Questions that he asks must be of quality. A director who expresses his ideas with a structured thinking process adopts a desired behavior. Having good content when making a comment is a desired communication behavior. This is the best tool to influence other directors. On the opposite, being eloquent with a meaningless message is an undesired behavior. It leads to a loss of credibility with other members.

Active listening and having an open mind are two best behaviors that the respondents are seeking from a director. It allows for everyone to express their ideas without being judged. It also allows the other directors to see things differently. Many directors mentioned that learning new ideas is one of the main reason they are motivated to be on a board, even if they are at the end of their career.

DEFINITION (COMMUNICATION): ABLE TO SHARE HIS VIEWS WITH CLARITY BY PROMOTING THE COLLABORATION OF OTHERS. USES SPECIFIC WORDS TO SIMPLIFY A COMPLEX THOUGHT.

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Last but not least amongst the desired competencies: Team Intelligence

Directors are seeking respect from other directors on the board. In fact, a Chairman prefers that each director refrains from socializing with (i.e. outing activities with spouses) in order to preserve their independence of mind. They do not want anyone to be influenced to hold back on their opinion, because they are forging a personal friendship. The desired behavior is to have individuals who will test the opinions openly and create a clash of ideas. Too many familiarities can interfere in these circumstances.

What is crucial for the Board to work well is to have diversity and a full exchange. Some even admit that the debates and disagreements in a Board setting motivate them to stay. One can always disagree and it must be done in a respectful manner. If a Board member is too emotional or wrapped up in his opinion, then he will demonstrate undesired behavior. It is also negative for a director to use his reputation (i.e. CEO of a large corporation) to influence the Board or even bully another Board director.

DEFINITION (TEAM INTELLIGENCE): FOCUSES ON COMMON GOALS, PRIORITIES AND PROBLEMS THROUGH ACTIVE LISTENING BY FOCUSING ON TEAMWORK. SEEKS TO ESTABLISH TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS. RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPLEMENTARY SKILLS BETWEEN BOARD DIRECTORS.

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