Developing Directors

Developing Directors: A handbook for building an effective boardroom team
Author: Colin Coulson-Thomas

“Colin Coulson-Thomas’ timely book “Developing Directors”provides the most authoritative and comprehensive guidance for director and boardroom development. It is particularly useful for chairmen, presidents, directors and all those who counsel, coach and support them in both the public and private sectors as well as voluntary organisations.”

Dr Madhav Mehra, President, World Council for Corporate Governance


“Coulson-Thomas brings together apparently disparate strands into a convincing whole. He shows that the corporate journey need not be tedious, but instead stimulating and worthwhile, and yes, even fun.”

Peter Waine, Chief Executive, Hanson Green


“Developing Directors” with its guidance, exercises and checklists provides company chairmen, board directors and people who consult and train at board level with essential advice and practical tools for enhancing directorial contribution. Independent directors will find it a useful introduction to the world of company direction and a valuable guide to what they and colleagues can do to add more value.

Ian Davies, Chairman, The Independent Director


Developing Directors : A handbook for building an effective boardroom team

Improving directorial competence and board effectiveness is the key to boosting the performance of many organisations. Often the most cost effective way of building a business and ensuring continuing relevance and corporate success is to develop the board. A new book Developing Directors, A handbook for building an effective boardroom team* by Colin Coulson-Thomas shows how.

Director and board development represents a huge arena of opportunity. Direction is a separate but complementary activity to management and establishes the framework of aspirations, goals, values and policies within which the people of an organisation operate. Yet while large investments are made in management training director and board development is largely overlooked in many companies and public bodies.

Over 4,000 organisations from smaller firms to major corporations and Government bodies have participated in a research programme led by Prof. Coulson-Thomas which has identified critical success factors and successful approaches to the challenges faced by directors and boards. Developing Directors explains how reservoirs of latent potential can be tapped by director and board development.

Developing Directors addresses a desire for better board and corporate performance as well as contemporary concerns over corporate governance standards. The new book identifies the knowledge, skills and personal qualities required by directors and defines the competent director and the effective board. It looks at the route to the boardroom and how to become a director, how directors are and should be prepared, and provides details of twenty-four director and board development courses.

Developing the boardroom team, evaluating board performance and practical next steps are also considered. Developing Directors is packed with exercises and checklists, which have been specifically designed for boardroom participation. For those concerned with understanding and addressing the fundamentals the book also examines the development challenge, the roles of directors and boards, the distinction between direction and management and factors affecting team work in the boardroom.

Developing Directors is essential reading for chairmen and directors, consultants and trainers charged with the task of developing dynamic boardroom teams to lead the organizations of today. It draws upon the authors extensive experience of working with directors and boards, and provides practical advice on identifying and developing the qualities, competencies, and approaches needed for greater directorial contribution, board effectiveness and corporate success.

Developing Directors, A handbook for building an effective boardroom team (367 pages, plus prelims; ISBN 978-1-872980-32-4) is available price £34.95 plus p&p.

Article: How to become a competent director and create an effective board

Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas an experienced chairman of award winning companies has advised the boards of over 100 companies on how to improve board and/or corporate performance, reviewed the processes and practices for winning business of over 100 companies, and presented at over 300 national, international and corporate events in over 40 countries. Visit his website at: Colin Coulson-Thomas

Weight: 565g

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