Members of boards of directors have special responsibilities and fill important roles in corporations and nonprofits of all sizes. Unfortunately, not all directors or boards are effective. To cure that problem, Neville Bain has written a handy beginner's guide for directors of U.K. firms that are subject to London Stock Exchange regulations and other laws. This practical book offers corporate case studies and checklists for assessing everything from overall board effectiveness to directors' leadership traits and "ethical health." Readers will find relevant topics and useful pointers in each well-organized chapter. getAbstract recommends this primer to leaders who want to bring more value to their roles, their boards, and their public or private U.K. corporations.