The recently released Russell Reynolds Global Board Culture Survey provides some good insights and understanding about "the director behaviors that create a high-performing board culture and drive board effectiveness." The study covers a wide range of the essential governance related topics and admittedly is a portrayal of what directors of mega international corporate companies think but I believe the results are equally applicable to all board directed organizations and worthy of a review.
Among many findings, there are 2 I would like to highlight here today.
First, respondents reported that the three characteristics they believe drive an effective board culture are:
A chair who is effective at facilitation
Long time horizon for strategic decisions
Strong relationship with senior management
Next, the top 5 most important board behaviors are highlighted in the following infographic. I would pose that the "possess the courage to do the right thing for the right (reason)" includes being mission focused and driven. Beyond this one qualification do you a) believe these are indeed the correct top 5 most important behaviors and b) regardless of whether you do rank these accordingly, how would you say your board is measuring?