Debate is what good Boards do. They put the key issues on the table and discuss them. Good directors are deeply engaged in the important issues and they are upfront and open about their opinions on them. They are respectful of the other Directors and listen carefully to opposing opinions. Boards should try to reach a consensus and then act on it. Board should not procrastinate on the big decisions. Boards need a leader to drive them. That leader is commonly called the Chairman. I plan to write an entire post on the subject of the Board Chair as part of this series.