Role of the Lead Director or Nonexecutive Chair

Role of the Lead Director or Nonexecutive Chair

The rapid pace and complexity of change in today’s business environment calls for stronger and more effective board leadership. Whether this leadership takes the form of a board chair or lead independent director, it is the leader’s job to build and maintain a high-performing board. That said, lead directors play a crucial role in guiding the work of a board’s independent directors. This resource center offers thought leadership, tools, and templates to enhance the role of lead directors as they navigate today’s increasingly disruptive and demanding business environment.

Thought Leadership & Research

Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on the Effective Lead Director Board Leadership Structure: Split Versus Combined CEO/Chair

Expert Commentary

How Lead Directors Are Helping Their Boards Keep Pace Navigating Disruptive Risk: The Lead Director Lens Are You Paying Your Lead Director Appropriately? How Lead Directors Can Facilitate Board Engagement in Strategy A Field Guide to Bad Directors Board Leadership and the Role of the Lead Director (Sidley Austin)

Advisory Services

NACD's In-Boardroom Education Programs Help Boards Deliver Value and Expand their Education NACD's Evaluation Services Enable Boards to Assess their Strengths and Opportunities for Development

Boardroom Tools & Templates

10 Questions to Evaluate a Board’s Fit for Purpose Using Proxy Disclosure to Increase Boardroom Transparency Cultivating Long-Term Habits of a Highly Effective Board Investor Expectations of Board Leaders Future Proofing Director Skill Sets Board Effectiveness Checklist Board Leadership Structure Attributes of a Lead Director BMO’s Approach to Continuous Education for Directors

Videos and Webinars

The Lead Director’s Role in Deepening Board Engagement in Strategy

Upcoming Events and Courses

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