Board analysis is an examination of the organization, structure and composition of the board. Its aim is to determine whether the board has a balance of experience, expertise and impartiality from within and outside to guide and monitor the management and formulate strategy. It also wants to know the way a board works as a collective and if the board is in fact supporting the CEO and contributing to the company’s growth.

The best boards are distinguished by a sense of trust, openness, and collaboration. They have a good understanding of the ecosystem of the company, and they ask management important questions. They are focused on long-term health and can identify risks and opportunities. They collaborate with stakeholders to ensure that the board understands their own stake, work towards changes in corporate behavior and contribute positively.

According to McKinsey’s 2021 global study of more than 800 directors, the most effective boards are a mix of non-executive directors (NEDs) with years of experience and executives who have an intimate understanding of the business. They have a set-of-policies and a framework to guide their decision making, and they are focused on increasing the effectiveness of the board.

A board evaluation is a valuable instrument to help a board assess its performance and provide feedback to the Chair and CEO. However, not all boards have made it a priority. By conducting an objective third-party evaluation Board members can become more aware of the potential pitfalls.

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