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Enhancing Individual Director Accountability

Arguably more important than structural or process matters are relationship and behavioural dynamics in the boardroom. While hard data on board culture and behaviour is elusive it is not a stretch to suggest that without highly functional boardroom relationships – among board members and with management – boards cannot hope to govern well by relying solely on the other two legs of the governance stool: behaviours and culture.

The challenges that boards and management often encounter when sharing power, loosening their grip on control and navigating real or perceived conflict can undermine their ability to govern well. The essential need for trust and confidence in each other can be compromised and, unfortunately, tolerated.

Individual director accountability is the next frontier of where good governance needs to focus its time and attention. This article offers some constructive perspectives on addressing this appropriately within the context of the boardroom. 

Explore the key topics covered in this thought leadership report:

  • Looking beyond governance structure and process
  • The importance of boardroom behaviours and culture
  • Boardroom dysfunction and the root cause
  • A double standard in the boardroom
  • A lack of meaningful director accountability
  • Recognition of governance standards and expectations
  • The imperative going forward

Discover more insights in the report here


John Dinner, author of this report, provide his invaluable insights as a board member and an advisor to board of directors across sectors in this summary of the key topics that are explored in ‘Enhancing Individual Director Accountability’.

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CGI Thought Leadership - Enhancing Individual Director Accountability

About the author:

John Dinner is President of John T. Dinner Board Governance Services, a leading Canadian consulting firm focused on corporate governance, board effectiveness and strategic planning.

For more than 25 years, John has been helping boards across sectors, across Canada and in the Caribbean improve their performance and contribute in tangible ways to the success of the organisations they oversee.  Board members and organisational leaders value John’s depth of experience, relevant insights, practical approach and his ability to facilitate needed governance change. 

John’s hands-on, board work focuses on helping clients develop and benefit from leading-edge governance practices, including board, committee and director effectiveness evaluations, director recruitment, board education, meeting effectiveness and best practices, information management and decision-making.