The piece below first appeared in the Q2 issue of Corporate Board Member, before the pandemic struck. In the aftermath of this crisis, the argument for generalists appears even more compelling as boards lean heavily on their seasoned directors, who may lack micro expertise in, say, cybersecurity, but possess the confidence, savvy and well-honed governance skills to help usher a company through a global catastrophe.

To be sure, heavy logistics expertise on the board could be a great asset to a company experiencing supply-chain meltdown. And as cybersecurity concerns have heightened with expanded remote network access to accommodate at-home work, cyber-specialist skills could come in quite handy.

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