During stages of organisational growth the Executive Board may need to expand. It may need to incorporate a new focus, the bringing in of new skills, strategic thinking capability, structure and controls.
As the Board composition changes the psychological dimension will be affected. Existing Directors may see their power base now under threat, through new Directors with increasingly impressive qualifications and certifications, coming on board.
Board Members may want to consolidate or protect their perceived territory and the political landscape can change very quickly in short periods of time.
Loyalties of new Board Members may be pulled in particular directions as they are wined and dined, wooed, or otherwise engaged by existing Directors.
New Directors may start to feel vulnerable if they are new to the role, challenged if they see entrenched political and/or territorial attitudes, or feel in need of development in different areas.