Non-executive appointments may seem like a natural progression for many but enthusiasm for a first role should not be allowed to crush caution.
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Never let enthusiasm overrule caution. It’s a good rule when considering any non-executive appointment but it’s absolutely essential for people considering their first role, says Andrew Kakabadse, the professor of governance and leadership at Henley Business School.
“You must do your research and your due diligence,” he says. “There is a big risk that someone’s desperation to get on a board is so great that they almost ignore their instincts about finding out the reality.
“That reality could be a weak chairman. It could be tension between the chairman and the chief executive. It could be issues that the board members do no
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