Various studies show that one of the most successful ways you will get on a board in the UK is by directly approaching an organisation.
83% of people gain board roles through personal people they see rarely or infrequently. Your board network must include weak ties.
Strong ties, the people you know and trust are not the right connections to get you appointed.
When building a board network, you need to develop connections and relationships. LinkedIn is the perfect platform and tool.
An up-to-date and well-nourished board network can truly work wonders for your board and executive careers.
I don’t have the networks needed to get on a board, so should I even bother pursuing a board career?
Having the right connections is essential when trying to find and gain a board appointment. However strong ties are not the key.
When it comes to board appointments, it is not what you know but who you know that counts.
Approximately 20% of board appointments occur via those who you have a strong connection with – your strong ties.