“Top Fives” of Chairing a Board in Europe
In this chapter we would like to synthesize the research findings presented in the country chapters to highlight commonalities and differences in how board chairs conduct their business in different European countries. We use a “top five” approach, identifying the five practices most widely used across Europe; the five most “destructive” practices or common traps for board leaders; and the five most important personal attributes that make chairs effective. We will make one exception to our rule of five and present the most original practice from each country—making eight in total.
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