Knowledge and Skills Audit
Getting the right mix of skills, experiences and qualities is a key ingredient in building an effective board of stakeholders. A skills audit is a tool to help your board identify why they have become a member and what skills, knowledge or experience they can contribute to the board.
Why is an audit useful?
Existing members of your board may possess a range of skills or knowledge that may never have been identified or called upon by the organisation. Prospective new members can be recruited on the basis of what they can bring to the board, complementing and enhancing what is already there and increasing the diversity of both skills and perspectives.
The ideal board member would have every desirable skill and quality, but in the real world we each have only a selection. If we know what qualities we possess ourselves, and what qualities others possess, we can pool our talents.
The sample skills audit, below can be adapted for your organisations needs and filled in by members of the board. It could also form part of the induction process for any new board members.
This Tool needs to be adapted to meet the needs of your particular partnership. The guidance below is in Word format so that you can personalise or adapt to suit your needs.