Odgers Berndtson: How Female Leaders Can Get Their First Board Role

We’re still some way from achieving gender parity on Boards but supported by government-backed reviews and mounting societal pressures, there are more and more opportunities for women looking to secure their first Board position.

Once again, our performance in the latest Hampton-Alexander Review 2020 report reinforces Odgers Berndtson’s position in the top tier of UK executive search firms accredited under the Enhanced Code of Conduct. In 2020, not only were 47% of our placements to the FTSE 350 women, of those placements, 57% were also first-timers.

Deciding that you would like to be on a Board role is the biggest decision. Getting that first Board role then is about determination, being brave, pragmatic and flexible. The competition is intense and the expectations of what Board candidates should bring to the table are considerable.

Main topics discussed in this article:

  • How to be Board ready
  • How to approach your first Board role
  • How to plan for your first Board role

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Susanne Thorning-Lund
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