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Inside CEO Succession: The Essential Guide to Leadership Transition by Paul Winum, Thomas J. Saporito

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Chapter 8

Align on Strategy and Profile

“It may be important to achieve collegiality on a board, but what's more important is authenticity. If constructive debates and even arguments are needed to reach alignment on strategy and leadership requirements, then so be it! For if either are lacking, then success will be severely compromised.”

—Daniel W. Duval, former chairman and independent lead director, Arrow Electronics, Inc.

By including Align on Strategy and Profile as one of the 10 Key Dimensions to effective CEO succession planning, our intent is to characterize why boards and management, actively involved and strategically aligned on the future direction of the company, are so essential to sustained organizational performance and effective ...

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