01-DID- Board Leadership in the 21st Century: How Directors can Make a Real Difference


Board Leadership in the 21st Century: How Directors Can Make a Real Difference
Executive Summary

The inaugural session of the Directors-in-Dialogue series provided the latest thinking on how Board Directors can make a leadership difference by knowing when to take charge, when to partner and when to get out of the way.

Programme Details

Facilitated by Michael Useem and based on his recent book - "Boards That Lead," the session provided practical insights into how Board Directors can lead more efficiently. Board Directors need a new road map - for when to lead, when to partner, and when to stay out of the way. Michael advocated a new governance model - a sharp departure from what has been demanded by governance activists, analysts and regulators - and revealed emerging practices that are defining shared leadership of directors and executives.

Together with two eminent corporate leaders, he addressed the following topics:

  • Board Directors as leaders
  • CEO and director selection
  • Designing effective Boards
  • Success in the boardroom
Your Facilitator
Michael Useem
Michael Useem

Michael Useem is William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include governance, catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership and decision making. He has conducted numerous programmes on governance, leadership, decision making and change with organisations across the world, including Abbott Laboratories, American Express, Citigroup, Coca-Cola,and many others. His books include "Investor Capitalism" and "The Leadership Moment", and with Ram Charan and Dennis Carey, the widely read "Boards That Lead" (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014).

Attendees Included
  • Board Chairs and Non-Executive Directors of publicly listed, private and non-profit corporations
  • Government agency representatives
  • Social enterprise representatives


When & Where
22 Aug 2014
1 day
Quarterly series

"Great faculty and facilitation coupled with excellent representation from corporates in Singapore. A stimulating and positive session, thank you!"

Matthew Driver, President, South East Asia, MasterCard

"Excellent platform and forum to interact with fellow directors, exchange ideas and share insights on the key issues facing Board leadership. Highly respected facilitator that raised the energy and successfully evoked input from the participants...I came away inspired to make changes and implement fresh ideas."

Sharon Sng, Board Director, Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd

"Good practical advice from experienced directors that provides insightful thinking on how to improve one's own role as an effective Board Director."

Patrick Go, Independent Director, Del Monte Pacific Ltd

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