Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2013 (Revised March 2013)

Beth Stewart: Navigating the Boardroom

by Boris Groysberg and Deborah Bell

Abstract

After rising through the ranks of Corporate America, Beth Stewart has become a corporate director on the board of General Growth Properties. Stewart is struggling with how to address her mounting concerns over the financial health of the growing large publically traded real estate investment trust (REIT) to her fellow board members and company management. The case explores interpersonal communications, influencing one's peers, leadership style, and board dynamics. The case also chronicles Stewart's career progression focusing on different stages including work/life choices she made as a wife and mother of five children.

Keywords: career management; leadership; women executives; women and leadership; boards of directors; board dynamics; corporate governance; career planning; work-life balance; independent directors; interpersonal communication; Leadership; Work-Life Balance; Corporate Governance; Interpersonal Communication; Real Estate Industry; United States;

Citation:

Groysberg, Boris, and Deborah Bell. "Beth Stewart: Navigating the Boardroom ." Harvard Business School Case 413-094, January 2013. (Revised March 2013.)