Whether you recruit executives from outside your organisation or appoint them from within, it is important to know that the people you choose have what it takes to excel at the decision-making level.
The checklist below will help you identify some potentially useful traits in candidates:
|Can think strategically|
|Can develop and maintain an organisation-wide perspective|
|Can set realistic goals and timelines...|
|...But has the flexibility to change them|
|Can inspire vision in others and motivate them towards long-term goals|
|Can focus on particulars when necessary and then pull back|
|Gets on well with people|
|Uses humour to good effect in dealing with people|
|Can diffuse stress and anxiety in others|
|Stays focused on core projects|
|Is not thrown off course by others' emotional reactions|
|Prefers persuasion to displays of power|
|Is resilient and patient in working with others|
|Manages time well|
|Knows how to make himself/herself unavailable when necessary|
If you identify people within your organisation who display even some of these traits, you might consider discreetly grooming them for bigger things further down the line.
Often, recruiting executives internally can be more cost-effective and more successful in the long term than appointing them from outside.