Whether it is joining your current company’s board or of another organization, you must find where you can be relevant. Look for that specific need in a company that you can fulfill and play with it. Ask yourself:
- What is that specific functional perspective that I can bring to the table?
- What outside angle can I give that will synchronize with what the board requires?
- Will I bring technical expertise that is missing?
- What is the business challenge I’ll solve differently owing to my industry expertise?
Once you know your value proposition, begin working on it. It takes time to build a reputation as an expert in a relevant field. Be an industry speaker, write articles or blogs and become known in a niche space such as financial auditing, corporate law, coding, artificial intelligence, digital transformation and crisis management, among others.
Apurva Purohit, president – Jagran Prakashan Group, notes in her book "Lady, You're the Boss, 2019" that while it’s critical to get on a board, it is as critical to not be just a mute spectator.