3.5 hours

What you’ll learn

The Board’s Role in Organisational Culture

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Online, self paced

Why is the board’s role in organisational culture important?

The culture of an organisation will define its success and potential growth. It needs to be shaped by strong leadership and integrated across the organisation. A board that puts the organisation’s culture at the centre of every decision will thrive.


Strong leadership recognises and develops employees which leads to better retention and growth across the organisation.


A solid and healthy culture emerges when people at every level of the organisation feel a true purpose in their work.


An effective board understands a company’s behaviour and challenges the areas where values aren’t aligned or understood.

Become a smarter and more effective corporate governance leader. Fully understand the board’s role in organisational culture, and how to implement good culture from the top down.

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What delegates say about our courses:

“The Diploma in Corporate Governance was excellent. It was an eye opener for me and I learnt an immense amount from the course and tutors.”

Raj Kambo


“Excellent programme, content very relevant to existing and aspiring board members. Excellent support provided by the team in CGI and the online format worked very well.”

Audrey Boyde


“There was plenty of help and support available and patience as I engaged and learned. Very much appreciated the materials, delivery, and support.”

David Moore


“Challenging course but well delivered by an excellent team. Course materials very professional and lectures from a high calibre team with vast practical experience.”

John Hennessy


What you will learn

Gain a solid understanding of the importance of aligning the culture of the board with the organisation and its strategy. Learn about the leadership role of the board in shaping culture and providing a strong moral compass for the organisation.

Cultural characteristics

Discover the Corporate Governance Institute’s seven cultural characteristics framework alongside real world examples.

Shaping culture

Explore the factors that influence the culture of an organisation and the kind of relationship needed between the chair and the CEO to do this.

Culture in practice

Take an in-depth look at the case for good governance in an organisation and how culture, and its values, can be embedded into daily life.

Culture and ethics

Examine how important ethics are to an organisation and how ethics should work in practice.

Looking to deepen your ESG leadership skills and insights?
Discover more about the Diploma in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

How you will apply your learning

Standout as an informed leader who knows how to navigate corporate governance.

Identify the importance of organisational culture and demonstrate how boards can shape it.

Reference examples where weak culture led to disastrous consequences for the organisation.

Recognise how your organisation can use the seven culture characteristics to build a good corporate culture.

Understand why culture needs to be part of a board’s agenda and identify the signs of a toxic culture.

Confidently speak about the characteristics and benefits of a positive culture in an organisation.

Describe what ethics is and identify the key considerations when addressing ethical dilemmas.

Who will be teaching the course?

Caitríona Somers

Caitríona spent ten years as the CEO of the Irish subsidiary of Cunningham Lindsey Group and was a member of the executive global leadership team. A chartered director and fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters, she holds several independent director positions within the financial services sector.

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