Leading a Board

Chairs’ Practices Across Europe

  • Stanislav Shekshnia
  • Veronika Zagieva

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Stanislav Shekshnia, Veronika Zagieva
    Pages 1-28
  3. Stanislav Shekshnia
    Pages 29-55
  4. Rolf Frey
    Pages 77-93
  5. Steen Buchreitz Jensen, Stanislav Shekshnia
    Pages 95-122
  6. Anna Zanardi
    Pages 123-138
  7. Elena Denisova-Schmidt, Peter Firnhaber
    Pages 139-160
  8. Hande Yaşargil, Elena Denisova-Schmidt
    Pages 161-180
  9. Ekaterina Ryasentseva, Veronika Zagieva
    Pages 181-202
  10. Stanislav Shekshnia, Veronika Zagieva
    Pages 203-215
  11. Filipe Morais, Andrew Kakabadse
    Pages 217-229
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 231-250

About this book


Leading a Board provides highly relevant insights on dealing with challenges every chairman faces.

Dr. Andreas Jacobs, Chairman of INSEAD Board, Member of Jacobs Holding AG Board

An insightful, well-researched and crafted book, which demystifies the practice and art of good Chairmanship.

Helen Pitcher OBE, Governance Expert and Chairman Public, Private and Charitable Sectors

A “must read” for anyone contemplating taking on the responsibilities of chairing a board.

Bryan K. Sanderson, CBE, Chairman and Founding Director of Home Renaissance Foundation, Chair of Low Pay Commission and Chairman of Florence Nightingale Foundation

This book represents the first cross-country study of the work of board chairs in Europe. It includes unique data collected through interviews with almost 200 experienced board chairs and their key stakeholders – board members, CEOs and shareholders.

The book focuses on what board leaders actually do, rather than what they should do, and elaborates on a conceptual contingency framework for understanding chairs’ work in Europe. This includes a comprehensive list of chair practices – iterative behaviour strategies for getting things done, comparisons of contexts for chairs’ work and practices among nine countries, and identification of cross-European and country-specific trends that will shape the work of board leaders in the next decade.

The book will benefit incumbent and future chairs, directors, shareholders, CEOs, executives and regulators in developing a systemic understanding of the work of a chair in the European business context and gaining insights into how the leader of the board deals with specific challenges.

Stanislav Shekshnia is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, a Director of the “Leading from the Chair” executive development programme and a Senior Partner at Ward Howell. His research concentrates on leadership, leadership development and effective governance.

Veronika Zagieva is a Director of Ward Howell Talent Equity Institute. Her research is focused on leadership development, CEO effectiveness, CEO succession and board dynamics.


Chair of the Board of Directors Board of Directors European Boards Board Dynamics 3Es Leadership Chair–Shareholder relationships Chair–CEO relationships Chair Succession Board Digitalization Conflicts in the Boardroom Diversity in the Boardroom Effective Chairs of Boards Board Effectiveness Stakeholders Board of Directors

Editors and affiliations

  • Stanislav Shekshnia
    • 1
  • Veronika Zagieva
    • 2
  1. 1.INSEADFontainebleauFrance
  2. 2.Ward Howell Talent Equity InstituteMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-3196-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3197-8
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