All organizations, groups, and teams have a culture – weak, strong, positive, negative, or somewhere in between. Boards of directors are no exception. Effective boards follow logical rules when making decisions while ideally maintaining a collaborative atmosphere, but they are also affected by their cultures - the set of norms and values ingrained in the local boardroom. Some boardroom cultures promote effectiveness, but others skew toward complacency or conflict and this can lead to the board’s inability to discuss, deliberate, and weigh the potential outcomes of its decisions. This course helps directors gain an awareness of their board’s culture, helps them understand how cultural factors affect the board, and how the culture can be strengthened to produce better results.