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Level 2 Diversity

Achieving a greater gender and ethnic mix on your board is good. But to really tackle the challenges of business today, the secret weapon is diversity of thought.


Corporate Board Member | October 25, 2019




The Corporate Board Member article, "Level 2 Diversity," quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Jack "Rusty" O'Kelley III on what makes a good board member. The article is excerpted below.

Corporate boards are pursuing identity diversity in their membership like never before. But, as most directors know, elevating a corporate board in an era of sweeping and rapid change demands, above all else, true diversity of thought. Even that’s not enough: It also requires productive harnessing of that greater variety of thought inside the boardroom.

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Rusty O’Kelley, global head of the board advisory practice for Russell Reynolds Associates, agrees. “The most important quality of a good board member is to have good judgment,” he says. “That’s before you get to skills and experience. Can they look at a multitude of new and different challenges that they haven’t been expected to deal with before?”

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Level 2 Diversity