BOARDROOM DIVERSITY ISN’T HOW YOU LOOK,
BUT HOW YOU THINK

By B3 Canada Media Team, 2016 August 29

Excerpts from the Globe & Mail article of Susan McArthur.

The experience and exposure that high-potential executives get by sitting on outside boards can provide valuable corporate training and expand an individual’s reach, knowledge base and perspective. This benefits the executive’s company – and it adds to the depth of the board talent pool.

In order to improve the diversity of thinking around the boardroom table, we have to shake up conventional wisdom on what makes a good board member. We need to draw from a wider talent pool.

Some boards, frustrated by the lack of diversity in traditional pools, have already begun to seek outside-the-box candidates. There are valuable perspectives on strategy, risk, problem-solving, leadership and other board issues to be gained from many corners: academia, the military, community leadership, public service, entrepreneurship. And, in an economy that is disrupted by new technologies every day, millennials.

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