Pinpointing Qualities of Leaders

Leadership hiring by committee can be challenging, for each committee member can harbor a different set of priorities—even if the group has decided on a rubric.

Gabriel Lucas

May 11, 2021

Pinpointing Qualities of Leaders

In such cases, discussions sometimes slip to the lowest common denominator, such as a candidate's likability or niceness.  Employers must constantly push themselves to go beyond these important but insufficient metrics.  As a stepping stone, ask common questions that begin to explore key leadership characteristics, even while you avoid more divisive hot button issues.  How were their listening skills?  Did they show humility?  How did they react to a challenging moment?  What kinds of questions did they ask?  Yes, warmth and kindness matter, but successful executive leadership entails so much more.

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