Boards That Lead
by Ram Charan, Dennis Carey and Michael Useem

ISBN: 1422144054, Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (November 19, 2013)
Reviewed by: Julie Garland McLellan*

This book came highly recommended by the chairman of one of the few proxy advisory firms that I greatly admire. When he recommends something I listen and act!

I loved the subtitle (When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way) and, as always, was impressed by the vehement passion that suffuses Ram Charan's work.

The examples of boards that have backed risky strategies and then made them work are inspiring and the clarity of the analysis and exposition of the basic principles make these examples work as models for behaviours that can be implemented in your own boardroom.

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* Julie Garland McLellan is a professional non-executive director, board and governance consultant and mentor. She is the author of  "Dilemmas, Dilemmas: Practical Case Studies for Company Directors",  Dilemmas, Dilemmas II: More Practical Case Studies for Company Directors (Volume 2),  "The Director's Dilemma",  "Presenting to Boards",  "All Above Board: Great Governance for the Government Sector" and numerous articles on corporate strategy and governance.