Korn Ferry

Is your senior leadership team aligned

and achieving full potential?

Board & CEO Services

When boards, CEOs, and leadership teams thrive, entire organizations succeed with them. But the effectiveness of your leadership team may be endangered by such issues as personal differences, lack of strategic alignment, or failures of structure and governance.

We work with the boards, CEOs, and executive teams of many of the world’s leading organizations to address the personal, strategic, and organizational drivers affecting team dynamics and performance. Having partnered with senior leaders for more than forty-five years, we can leverage our experience and expertise to help you achieve alignment on strategic direction and risk, secure the right people for the right executive roles, and build the leadership capabilities necessary to deliver superior business performance.

Improving the performance and impact of the board.

Our research indicates that there are three key elements that influence board effectiveness:

  • Composition — does the board have the right mix of members?
  • Focus — do the members of the board have a shared focus on the organization’s strategy and capabilities?
  • Team dynamics — could board members be working together more effectively?

Our approach is to focus on these three elements in concert while helping to build an effective governance model. We are able to offer solutions in a range of areas, including board composition, strategic alignment, team effectiveness, and succession.


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Maximizing CEO and top team effectiveness.

With an extensive portfolio of proven proprietary tools and methodologies, and science-based assessments that are predictors of fit, we work to accelerate the development of needed capabilities and the effectiveness of senior leaders. Our areas of focus include:

  • Board and CEO effectiveness
    We work with Boards, advising them on how to optimize their overall effectiveness, committee effectiveness, and individual director effectiveness. Working with CEOs, we help them to optimize leadership effectiveness, impact, and legacy.
  • CEO and top team succession and assessment
    As the industry leader in this area, we understand how to assess for Learning Agility, one of the most reliable indicators of leadership potential. Working with the incumbent CEO and Board to plan and execute a multi-generational CEO succession and transition program.
  • Top team effectiveness
    We help optimize performance through team composition, diversity, individual development, team dynamics, and management processes, both individually and collectively
  • Strategic intent and alignment
    Using rigorous, research-based methods, we help executive teams devise and articulate a clear, ambitious, and compelling purpose, direction, and business model for the organization as well as align roles with business strategies and operating structures. We can also help them assess and properly plan for the organization’s risk tolerance.
  • Structure, composition, and governance
    By enabling senior teams to assess structural and decision-making issues and navigate toward more effective governance, we help them find answers to critical questions, such as whether they have the right people in the right positions and whether their management routines are appropriate and efficient.
  • Collaboration, team culture, and dynamics
    We are experts in the highly delicate and complex work of diagnosing and resolving cultural issues. This includes helping leadership teams synchronize their vision, mission, and goals to ensure everyone is pulling in the same direction.
Boards front and center.
Korn Ferry’s Board team assists the world’s leading companies in identifying, attracting, developing, and enhancing exceptional top leadership. With pressure on boards relentless and growing — from shareholders, regulators, and the media — expectations are high. Proven top leadership is a powerful strategic asset, and there is no room for error in the selection of directors. Korn Ferry provides a full range of tailored board services including board search, board assessment, board development, succession, and board effectiveness.




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