Strategic Diversity – Ways Diversity Can Make Your Board More Effective
12 Ways Diversity Can Make Your Board More Effective
1. New trustees can bring new expertise such as marketing, finance or IT knowledge.
2. Younger trustees can revitalize an aging board and ensure continuity.
3. Trustees drawn from service users bring a practical perspective on organisational decisions.
4. The inclusion of minority, disabled, young and other kinds of trustees frequently forces the board to change the way meetings and information are structured, often for the better.
5. Trustees from different backgrounds can give the board useful contacts, networks and access to communities.
6. The governance discipline needed to support a more diverse board improves board practice overall.
7. A more inclusive board broadens the conversation and offers the opportunity for all trustees to learn new and unexpected things.
8. Trustees from regional branches and other countries help the group keep the interests of distant stakeholders in mind.
9. After going through diversity training, the board is better equipped to support diversity efforts in the rest of the organisation.
10. A board that demonstrates diversity by including a range of ages, sexes, races, skills and background commands confidence and respect from their client base and the wider community.
11. Boards that embrace difference as well as commonalities can shape a future that goes far beyond what would have been possible on a narrower base
12. Boards where members think together rather than think alike are more resilient and avoid a tendency towards group think. These boards are more effective and deliver better governance.