When it comes to hiring for an executive level position, often a significant amount of time and effort must be committed to finding the right fit. But, where do you begin? How can companies pick the great executives out from the pool of many good executives?
The solution? Know the person you hire and know the traits you want.
Look for outstanding leadership qualities. Seek to understand how they would handle a team that they are working with. Ask about different strengths and weaknesses when dealing with specific scenarios in your company or area of expertise. Have they been able to build strong teams in the past? Have they seen great success in the work that they have completed in a team environment? These questions will not only highlight the type of work they have done that can be of benefit to your department but understanding these character traits will allow you to pinpoint qualities that may help the company grow in the future.
But what is leadership without an idea or action plan for growth? Finding a top executive that has an idea of how they want to grow and the steps that they are willing to take to succeed shows how focused they are on their goals and the future of the company. Ask about their plans for the role, should they be hired. Accept the feedback they may give on processes that they believe could be done more efficiently or may work fit with their style of work.
Signs of a good leader are everywhere. But to separate the great leaders from the good leaders, you must hire someone who will inspire others and push them to limits they never believed that they could reach. It is important that top executives collaborate well and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. They must know what needs to get done and believe in the process. Most importantly, however, they must believe in their team to get it done and help when need be. Not only will it result in goals being met by positive outcomes but also the entire workplace environment will begin to move in an active and collaborative direction.