Boards are accountable for hiring, supervising and terminating senior managers. They also ensure that the company is able to meet its goals for strategic growth and that management is performing well. They provide guidance and support to the CEO, and ensure the compliance of ethical standards and regulatory bodies.

Most boards focus on the big picture. It’s as a jumbo plane flying at 3000 feet. A CEO is a lot like the pilot flying at 2,000 feet, making adjustments as needed.

The most important job of a board is to develop the overall strategy for the company and then to work in an organization to implement it. They can be extremely helpful in times of crises. “No CEO is an expert in everything,” says Brotherton, “but a board can give them a lens that is extremely strategic and high-level to guide the company through challenging waters.”

Some of the most valuable contributions that board members can make is through their professional networks. A board member who has an established background in a particular field or business can help connect the organization to useful resources, including potential strategic partners, investors, and professional advisors.

A board member who is successful can provide constructive critique and constructive input to matters of strategic importance, like organizational investments and performance evaluations. They can also aid in the creation of policies, program funding creation, and funding for programs. The chance to sharpen your governance skills and establish credibility within the corporate world can have a profound effect on your career. The chance to create a solid network of professional contacts could also open up new opportunities in both the private and public sectors.