Positioning yourself for a board seat is different than what you’d do when looking for a job. As a board candidate, instead of focusing on operational details, show how you’ve impacted company strategy, performance, shareholder value and governance. Highlight expertise in board-relevant areas like transformation, M&A, succession planning and cybersecurity. Reflect deep industry knowledge and collaborative skills while conveying executive presence.
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How you land a board seat can vary. While there are differences in processes across companies, some factors remain consistent. Learn how to optimize your board search – and understand what Nominating & Governance Committees, Executive Search Professionals and others look for – so to stand out as a strong candidate.
The way you present yourself as a prospective board director in-person and online affects how you’re perceived by others. How you appear and engage on video, your LinkedIn presence, communications habits, executive presence etc. shapes impressions -- and they influence board opportunities.
When you have a complete and optimized profile, LinkedIn is a powerful platform to improve credibility, increase visibility, grow your network and drive opportunities. When you connect strategically and engage with content, it improves your reach and influence even more. Explore how to get your LinkedIn profile in great shape and then level up your presence through strategic content engagement.
Here’s a look at how to introduce yourself with impact, connect effectively and deepen the relationships that can help your board search.
Professional development strengthens your personal brand and gives you a competitive edge when pursuing a board seat. Engage in activities that will keep you plugged into current board issues, governance and best practices, while also honing critical soft skills.
The welcome process when joining a board covers contacts, roles, issues, goals, best practices and more to ensure new board members get up to speed and are set up for success.
This guide has been updated since it was originally published on December 1, 2021.