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Public Sector Director Development

The ability to be effective as a director or trustee is an important factor taken into account when public sector boards consider individuals for board service. Expertise, reputation, financial donations and support play a role in being elected to join a board; however, they alone do not make you a good director or trustee. Successful nonprofit, foundation and university board directors or trustees will also demonstrate the following fundamental characteristics to support their election to board service.

Successful Fundamental Characteristics

  1. The ability to see the big picture and be able to ensure effective strategy and policy.
  2. The skill to balance the interests and goals of the organization with the interests of the public and the intended beneficiaries.
  3. The willingness to be totally immersed in the successful execution of the organization’s mission. 
  4. The desire to be thoroughly engaged at the right time and stay current on any issues and happenings of the organization, and
  5. The potential to add value to the effectiveness of the board to execute enlightened governing practices.

XCEO offers unique, cutting-edge products and services for directors or trustees to become more effective. We partner with you on your journey for professional governance and personal leadership effectiveness. To learn more about our XCEO Value Proposition, visit our Public Sector Governance section. We combine an academic and experience-based development approach to provide a comprehensive offering to directors who are inspired toward achieving extreme personal leadership and effectiveness in the boardroom.

Our offerings for directors to move toward enlightened governance will:

  • Identify and mitigate personal risks as may be associated to board service and show the correlation between a director’s personal risks and those of the board as a whole.
  • Build director leadership effectiveness and enhance the effectiveness of the governing board.
  • Create a board service career plan determining the appropriate public sector or corporate board to be courted by for board service.

Join the XCEO Leadership Presidium

What sets the XCEO Leadership Presidium apart from other groups and associations is the opportunity of having a low-cost, low-risk method for directors to expand their knowledge of new board, governance and learning opportunities. Our members are an exclusive and anonymous group who are highly engaged, experienced and successful individuals who share the common bond of board service. Oftentimes the responsibility to serve stakeholders by offering insight and skills to the board is a difficult task, which is why we are here to help. What membership can provide for you is:

  • An association with a diverse group of directors via XCEO
  • Visibility for recruiting and board succession
  • Access to board governance specialist
  • An overall rewarding experience
  • Opportunity to access our Board Attributes, Skills and Experiences®(BASE) recruiting tool

XCEO is a forerunner in the governance and leadership field, and we are offering directors the chance to partner with us, utilize our resources and benefit from our partnership through our team as well as other ambitious directors. What we include in the XCEO Leadership Presidium is as follows:

1. A Research Community
By being a contributor to an exclusive research community, you will have access to real board and director data that no one else has. The results of surveys, polls, and other tailored data will allow better, more effective use of time in your boardroom.

2. XCEO Access
We know that board service can be challenging and difficult at times and that is why we are here to help you! You have to ability to contact XCEO if you have any board service questions or predicaments. Over the years we have worked with thousands of directors and we can provide you with suggestions and information to address many of the problems that you may face.

3. Board Recruiting
Directors who are interested in future board service, or who would like to know how they compare in their peer group would benefit greatly from our Board Attributes, Skills and Experiences®(BASE) Analysis. It helps summarize your skills and experiences for boards who are recruiting new directors. This helps confirm the opportunities that arise complement your expertise.

4. Communication Tools and Resources
Enjoy a subscription to XCEO's quarterly newsletter, XCEO INK, filled with articles and classified content from the XCEO team, in addition to personal access to BoardPortal PLUS®, our topnotch board portal. With BoardPortal PLUS® you can securely and conveniently access outside resources and personal notes whether you are on your PC or your tablet.


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