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Boards and the COVID-19 crisis: Preparing for the future

4/13/2020 Bonnie W. Gwin

As boards look ahead at how they can best lead their companies back to growth after the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing three trends emerge: leadership traits, board composition, and operating in the digital world. Leadership traits such as resiliency and acting with purpose are becoming ever more valued. Boards are looking to add capabilities such as restructuring experience and nuts-and-bolts operating experience. And boards in the future will benefit from taking advantage of new digital ways of working, such as online meetings and one-on-one conversations, to communicate more frequently and also strengthen their relationships and board dynamics.

For further reading, see “Boards and the COVID-19 crisis: Leading right now, preparing for the future.”

Bonnie Gwin ( is a vice chairman and co-managing partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ CEO & Board Practice; she is based in the New York office.

Bonnie W. Gwin Vice Chairman +1 212 867 9876

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