Executive Coaching Services

Posted on 27. Feb, 2012 by in Blog, Career, Nonprofit, Recruiting

For the past five years, executive coaching has played a key role in our work with clients. We are committed to executive coaching because we know it facilitates rapid assimilation of the new leader. In our experience, this has made a positive difference in how quickly the new leader can add value.  Leadership Recruiters has been ahead of the curve in providing leadership assimilation coaching in tandem with the executive search process.

Learn more about our New Leader Assimilation services.

Looking for Leaders in All the Wrong Places

Posted on 17. Jan, 2012 by in Boards Behaving Better, Nonprofit, Recruiting

Have you had the experience of wondering if the person in charge of your business or nonprofit understood that power was not synonymous with leadership? What is often lacking is emotional intelligence — which is about how leaders handle themselves, their relationships and their world.

In recruiting for leaders of organizations in today’s rapidly changing environment, nothing is more central to a dynamic organization than its leader’s ability to deal with complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty while guiding their teams to adapt and flourish in continual change.

When you are selecting a leader for your organization, here are several key points to consider, so you can distinguish managers from leaders and individual contributors from collaborative partners:

  • Have they positioned an organization to carry out their vision, and was it attainable?
  • Did their style of influence attract and energize people or did they manage by manipulation and punishments?
  • Can they describe how they coached to promote competencies?
  • How did they create achievable, challenging expectations, and how did they reward progress?
  • Have they valued loyalty over creativity?
  • How have they created high-performing teams?
  • Do they assess and encourage risk or look at every opportunity with their risk-averse blinders?

You don’t want people “cutting their teeth” at your organization’s expense! Leadership is an art — intellect and degrees do not Google Play Store Download determine capability. Just because someone tells you they are ready for leadership, be certain they can pass the above litmus test. Remember, this is the difference between selecting a date for the prom and selecting a marriage partner; the prom is a big splash but it’s just one night …

Taking a Risk

Posted on 29. Jul, 2011 by in Boards Behaving Better, Recruiting

As a rule, big foundations and nonprofit trade associations have recently tended to rely on large search firms, such as Russell Reynolds Associates and Spencer Stuart, for their pursuit of top executive candidates. While very professional and exceedingly sensitive to board sensibilities, these 800-pound gorillas of the search world often fail to recruit exciting, edgy, courageous, and out-of-the-box leaders. Their Rolodexes are full of safe, credentialed and academically pedigreed people who are suited for normal management positions but not for innovative, risk-taking and creative opportunities. Too often, they are afraid to present some of the best candidates who are edgy or controversial for fear of not pleasing the board.

If a major nonprofit or foundation needs a search firm, it would be well advised to turn to a smaller, more adventurous, and plucky firm which can deliver the type of inspired, visionary Google Play Store Download leaders that challenging times like these demand.