We have heard it discussed in so many companies. How do you find the best candidates for executive management? It used to be easier to answer this question when organizations sought candidates who could manage according to our centuries-old industrial management model. In our digital world where companies sink like ships in the night, what makes a great candidate for an executive management position is in a state of flux. For instance, you might want a candidate with technical knowledge, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to chart a course that will meet the market at the next point of opportunity. This kind of person is in high demand. He or she may find employment in the health sector but could also get recruited to another firm for a better opportunity. How do you find this key individual?
Look for Strong Characteristics
A recent study from the Harvard Business Review found that the leadership qualities managers want vary according to the position and the assigned operational duties. The survey respondents sought most a leader who: inspires and motivates others (38%), displays high integrity and honesty (37%), and solves problems and analyzes issues (37%). The next highest-rated characteristics were for a leader who: drives for results (36%), communicates powerfully and prolifically (35%), and collaborates and promotes teamwork (35%).
Get It Right
In our recruiting efforts, we have found that a thorough process of screening a candidate will only tell you so much about these important characteristics. The best way to ascertain if a preferred candidate will fit into your culture is to invite him or her to your location to spend some time with your team. Please contact us for more information.