You can work full time or part-time as a Vistage Chair and still retain existing non-exec, consultancy or other work.
Quite simply the most rewarding, challenging and stimulating thing I have ever done in my business life.
As a Vistage Chair, I get to be involved in many different types of businesses. From leading per groups and providing one-to-one coaching to top chief executives looking to grow their businesses, become better leaders and improve their lives. Being a Vistage Chair has become a fascinating occupation.
Being a Vistage Chair means recognition in your community, having access to best practices and connecting with an unparalleled global network.
Our Chair community is as diverse as the business leaders they serve. Vistage Chairs are former senior executives come from a variety of industries, from manufacturing to professional services, yet they have a common passion for business, the desire to help others. The Chair community serves a group of members from the following industries: Aerospace/Defense, Aviation, Automotive, Biotech/Pharmaceuticals, Banking & Financial Services, Consumer Packaged Goods, Electronics / Software, Engineering, Entertainment / Film, Forestry, Health Care, Hi - tech, Hospitality / Tourism, Insurance, Manufacturing, Media, Mining, Non-Profit, Law Firms, Oil/Gas, Real Estate/Construction, Restaurant Retail/Wholesale, Services, Telecommunications, Transportation and Utilities.
There are around 50 Chairs in the UK and Ireland and over 670 globally.
When we ask Vistage Chairs why they love chairing, four themes come up again and again.
Our values: Trust, caring, challenge, growth
Vistage strives to acknowledge and reward high-performing Chairs who make a significant impact on our members, the Chair community and Vistage. Chairs can also hold various roles within our community such as In-Market Coach, Best Practice Chair, and Chair Advisory Board member.
The annual recognition of Chairs’ contributions is an integral part of our culture. We strive to acknowledge and reward high-performing Chairs who have made a significant impact on our members, the Chair community and Vistage. Many of these awards are named for Vistage founders or for Chairs who have left an indelible legacy. Below is a list briefly summarising the award programme:
Beyond receiving recognition through awards, Chairs who demonstrate exemplary performance have an opportunity to deepen their engagement with the Vistage community by taking on additional roles.
Best Practice Chairs, our “Chair of Chairs,” act as coach to other Chairs in their region. Chairs may also become In Market Coaches, fostering the on-boarding process of new Chairs in the community. Finally, Chairs may be invited to participate on the Chair Advisory Board, where they have an opportunity to provide feedback and bring fresh ideas to our CEO and the Vistage leadership team.
Upon completing their journey of active service with Vistage, Chairs may be invited to participate in the Chair Alumni programme. A small handful of exemplary Alumni Chairs are nominated to the status of Chair Emeritus, a role that allows them to continue to actively participate within the Vistage circle.
Becoming a Vistage Chair is a transformative process, turning your professional experience into a path of passion around making a difference in the lives of others. Recognition for outstanding performance is vital to thank and acknowledge those who selflessly give of themselves back to the entire community.