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 …

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