Melbourne June 24 (ANI): The traits that are not required in the non-executive director of an organization have been revealed by a talent management company.
Once seen as a cushy number, the role of the non-executive director has now become more formidable as members are expected to grapple with new technologies, a fast changing economic environment and increased scrutiny on compliance.
Individuals who really get the changing landscape of technology and have a global market outlook are in highest demand in corporate Australia boardrooms.
However nodders, non-stop talkers, egocentrics and hobbyhorse jockeys are the type of people boardrooms do not want.
[Hobbyhorse jockeys] focus on a narrow area which they know and other issues appear irrelevant, News.com.au quoted QBE Chairman and NED, AGL Energy Belinda Hutchinson AM, one of the directors interviewed for the report, as saying.
SAI Global CEO Tony Scotton warned directors not to be too argumentative and get preoccupied or obsessed with an idea because the whole discussion gets hijacked because of one director's questioning
Individuals who show up to board meetings and nod 'wisely', but don't make much of a contribution is what frustrates Tabcorp Holding NED Justin Milne.
According to the report by Korn/Ferry International, anybody who is hoping to become a non-executive director should avoid becoming one of those listed by the company.
These include Hobbyhorse jockeys -focus on a personal agenda or the only area they know and therefore other issues appear irrelevant, Hand grenade throwers - too argumentative, hostile and obstructive, Non-stop talkers - who speak for the sake of speaking to try and demonstrate knowledge is a big No.
Policemen - those who interrogate and view their roles as keeping management honest rather than being supportive, Captives of compliance - who get too bogged down in rules and regulations which hinders decision-making.
Nodders - who just go along with the group think but contribute very little by way of ideas, Hesitators - who are too timid to speak up in a timely fashion, and the uncommitted - who are unprepared for meetings and not showing proper commitment is frowned upon.
Lastly, Egocentrics -who don't leave their ego outside the door, are also a strict no when it comes to non-executive directors. (ANI)