Date: 10 January 2020, Friday
The Council for Board Diversity jointly organised an event with LinkedIn Singapore. It comprised a Leadership-in-Action Conversation with Sherman Kwek, Group CEO, City Developments Limited and was moderated by Janet Ang, Former Vice-President, Industry Solutions and Smarter Cities, IBM Asia-Pacific on ‘Traits of a Successful Board Director – a CEO’s perspective.”
Sherman shared that there are ‘4C’s of being a successful board director:
Courageous: Don’t be afraid to voice your views and avoid groupthink, but be tactful at all times.
Curious: Be willing to learn and be prepared to ask questions in order to bring about a higher level of discussion.
Comprehensive: Do your homework and review board materials in advance. Ask concise questions to ensure a sound decision-making rationale.
Calm: Take a moment to recalibrate your response when emotions run high. Take things offline if necessary.
The ‘4Cs’, together with other helpful advice from Sherman Kwek, Janet Ang, and other experienced directors, have been consolidated into an infographic aimed at helping aspiring board directors prepare for their board roles.
With the guidance of helpful LinkedIn account managers, attendees had hands-on experience learning to leverage on LinkedIn’s numerous features such as sharing media on their profiles, curating personal posts, and joining the broader conversation on global or local topics of interest to them. This equipped attendees with the tools to improve their digital footprint and enhance their online presence.