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Setting the Right Tone: The Lead Independent Director’s Role

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“Tone at the top,” a phrase that’s bandied about a lot these days, tends to surface any time a scandal arises. When something goes bump in the night, the tone of the top tier of management—i.e., the CEO and his or her chief lieutenants—suddenly comes under scrutiny. As a long-time corporate executive and member of numerous boards, I would submit that we ought to examine the leadership style and tone set not only by the management team, but also by the board. Wisdom has it that when it comes to long-term performance, culture beats strategy. I happen to agree, which... Read More