Over the years, I’ve listened to how Communications professionals have shared their wisdom about how to be a trusted advisor and develop the skills, knowledge and attributes to get you a seat at the table.
Here’s a round-up of what has resonated with me:
- Behave as though you sit on the Board (even if you don’t!) – provide strong, clear strategic advice
- Give clarity and confidence of direction
- Have an open approach by being a visible team player
- Consider why should a Board take your advice. Understand the financial and business picture, as well as what Board requirements
- Build your own business understanding
- Be seen to ask the right question – even if it isn’t your area of expertise
- Share plans and planning and encourage review and feedback
- Share things early to get buy-in
- Your reputation is 90% what you do and 10% what you say
- Build your own body of evidence
- Demonstrate your professionalism
- Get training from Institute of Directors / read Management Today / Harvard Business Review
What else would you add?