Board evaluation, training and skills audit

A successful business depends on good leadership. When boards are also leaders, it can be felt throughout the entire organisation. Good leadership results in employee retention, high morale and sustainable success. At Bridgehouse Company Secretaries, we offer board evaluation, training and skills audit services to help you achieve this.

A leader or a manager?

When boards lead, rather than manage or dictate, employees feel that they matter, that every job within the company is important. Leaders ask questions in order to understand the challenges that their staff face. When conversations are opened up, communication improves and staff are better able to develop. It is important to distinguish the role of leadership from that of management as it involves a different and altogether more visionary set of skills. According to the Wall Street Journal, the manager’s job is to plan, organise and coordinate. The leader’s job is to inspire and motivate.’ Warren Bennis expanded on this with his exhaustive list of differences in his book On Becoming a Leader, many of which you may relate to. They include:

  • The manager administers; the leader innovates
  • The manager is a copy; the leader is an original
  • The manager maintains; the leader develops
  • The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people
  • The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.

Put like that, who would want to be a mere manager rather than a leader?

Board evaluation services

Organisations of various types and sizes call on Bridgehouse Company Secretaries to conduct board evaluations that assess both individual director performance and how well the board works together. We can provide a tailor-made board evaluation or an ‘off the shelf’ solution. These performance reviews result in a set of collective and individual targets to ensure that the board operates with maximum efficiency and effectiveness, together with learning and development plans for your directors.

Skills audit

A board evaluation is sometimes combined with a skills audit to identify any skills gaps and pragmatic recommendations to rectify them.  It is important that the board has the right skills to deliver your organisation’s strategy. A skills audit is a simple tool that can assist in identifying current skills and any gaps in skills that need to be filled though proper succession planning and recruitment.

Contact us for more information

To find out more about a board evaluation and skills audit for your organisation, call Bridgehouse Company Secretaries on 0845 055 8260 or email