Are You Looking to Land a Board Seat?

Leading Dynamic ChangeServing on a Board of Directors is a milestone many executives choose to pursue, and with good reason. It’s a prestigious role and can be exciting and rewarding.

The problem is, most people seeking a Board position approach it like they would a job search. They update their resume, let their network know they’re looking, and search online. Resumes and cover letters aren’t the go-to personal marketing documents when it comes to landing a Board seat. The typical job search documents speak to managing and leading teams. A Board document focuses on leadership in terms of strategy and governance types of accomplishments. The goal is to showcase strategic thinking and achievements, not tactical.

We advise our members in job search to have a career coach take a look at their resume. After all, being a great businessperson doesn’t mean you’re a great resume writer, no matter how many you have seen come across your desk over the years. This thinking is even more true for Board seats, as this really is a niche area of executive search – and a highly competitive one at that.

To help you better understand what you need to know to land a Board seat, we’ve invited to the ExecuNet stage a highly experienced Board member. Having served on nine Boards, Michael Lorelli is the ideal person to help you become more marketable to be a serious Board candidate. In the master class Landing Board Seats, Mike  will address how to clarify your reasons for seeking Board work, how to build your Board credentials, and what you need in your messaging.

While you are waiting to hear from Mike on Thursday, here are two articles Mike shared with us so that the people interested in joining a Board could start reading up on the subject in advance of his master class.

Happy reading!

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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