Before you accept the nomination, conduct an informal audit to ensure you understand the board dynamics, your responsibilities and how you can add value.
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The coveted role of non-executive director (NED) is often assumed to be a perfect deal all round. Not only is joining the board viewed as a great addition to any professional’s CV, but those offered the opportunity consistently report feeling excited, nervous and apprehensive about the new role, the responsibilities it entails and how they will be expected to behave.
Our ongoing research into this area is packed with commentary such as:
"If you're a new face on the board, you pay a lot of attention to others' behaviour, and you are very apprehensive. You try to say only things that you perceive that are adding value. You feel that say
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