How To Build A Career As A Board Executive

Arete Podcast with Richard Triggs

Oct 31
How To Build A Career As A Board Executive - Arete Executive

I often get approached by people looking to build a board career. Many are just starting out, while others might already have one or sometimes two board roles, and are looking to grow a full portfolio of boards to keep them occupied after retiring from their executive life.

Other times people have a desire to move into a board career earlier in their life. The good news is there are more opportunities than ever as the desire for diversity increases, not only in terms of gender, but also age and other attributes.

There a few things you can do to ensure success that I outline in this episode.

In this episode: 

  • The desire for diversity on boards - more opportunities for young people and female executives

  • Start off small and work to build a full portfolio

  • Starting a board career is like starting a new career altogether

  • Don’t bank on your current skill set - complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course

  • The importance of being on the board of a not-for-profit

  • Using not-for-profits to learn and grow, and network for other opportunities

  • Joining a board you have a genuine connection with - a cause that sits close to your heart

  • Examples from podcasts with Ian Klug and Grant Murdoch

  • Following the steps outlined in my book, Uncover The Hidden Job Market

  • Building a rapport with the chair of boards to ensure you receive opportunities

Don’t pigeonhole yourself - keep your options open

To be successful in getting a board director role, you need to have a plan and a goal in terms of what you want to achieve. #HeadhuntedShortlists #BoardDirector #Career

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