More than 40 years of expertise in board governance 

High Performance Boards brings you more than 40 years of board governance expertise to prepare your board to face the challenges of a complex world. Specifially the program will help you:

  • Identify what makes best practice boards
  • Drive positive board culture
  • Evaluate and mitigate risk and maximize opportunities through strategic board involvement
  • Ensure successful succession plans
  • Learn how to manage a board in crisis

Before the program

You have the opportunity to discuss your personal needs and expectations with the program director and list the challenges your board is facing, if you choose to do so.

3 days at IMD campus

High Performance Boards brings you the knowledge and tools you need by tailoring discussions and learning objectives within each program session according to participant interests and requirements.

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You explore critical themes such as:

  • The four pillars of effective boards
  • Best practices and behaviors from top boards
  • Best risk practices for boards
  • Boards and strategy
  • Board dynamics and board/CEO dynamics
  • Making board processes meaningful
  • Refining the role of the chairman
  • Boards in crisis

Parallel sessions

As participants come from diverse international companies and a broad range of industries, HPB devotes parallel sessions  to some specific issues such as: family business; managing stakeholders; NGOs; board dynamics & psychology; social issues & stakeholders in the Middle East & Africa; governance regulation going forward; plus some geographical areas (Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and more).

Throughout the program, you discover concepts, frameworks and approaches for building a high performance board and develop an action plan to address your challenges. IMD faculty,  high-level directors and chairpersons provide world-class research and case studies, and you share best practices, experiences and insights with other participants.

After the program

A program synthesis (prepared jointly with the IMD Global Board Center) is available upon request, for sharing program learnings with your board.


Gain board certification for corporate governance best practices. All participants receive the IMD High Performance Boards program certificate upon completion of the program.


IMD complies with applicable laws and regulations, including with respect to international sanctions that may be imposed on individuals and countries. This policy applies to all applications for IMD programs from individuals or organizations, and any commercial or non-commercial partnerships.