This is an interesting article about board of directors; written from an Australia reference, it also holds value for all small business development of boards and the accountability / responsibility that should and should not be expected.
Excerpt: Our findings are a challenge to the ASX and ASIC, which discourage outside directors from owning shares in companies they hold board roles on for fear it undermines their independence. Ownership can be a tool to help align shareholder and manager interests and is linked to a firm’s positive performance. It is only likely to be fully effective if the board size is restricted to no more than about five or six. If management needs advice then it should simply hire consultants, not create large unwieldy structures made up of so-called ‘advisors’ kowtowing to management.
Before accepting a board role, a prospective director needs to signal his believe in the board’s monitoring role either by substantial personal shareholdings or taking his pay in the form of escrowed shares during his tenure. He may also need to negotiate funds set aside to assist board members in their monitoring role as boards need access to resources independent of day- to-day managerial control, especially when dissatisfied with the CEO’s performance.
Read full article via Knowledge Today – Shareholders Short-Changed by Big Boards. From Australian School of Business Knowledge Today