It is a career choice that demands a certain combination of attributes over and above a proven track record at Executive level. A role in senior level interim management will often involve entering a businesses at times of change and this demands a specific skill set.
Here are the top five essential skills required:
1. Change Management
A drive for continuous improvement and the ability to deliver changes into reality are a core aspect of interim management.
You will have an aptitude to see things with a fresh perspective and come up with new ideas, and have the ability to positively influence and motivate people to action these changes within a given time frame.
2. Strong Communicator
As an Executive Interim you will be required to deliver messages to a wide ranging audience with positivity and gravitas in order to engage with a workforce and quickly gain buy-in to any proposed changes.
If you are a strong mentor, you might find yourself helping to bring on an emerging internal candidate or assisting with the external recruitment and onboarding of a permanent candidate.
3. Strategic Thinking
In contrast to a Permanent Executive who is concerned with long-term goals and achievements, an Interim Executive will face a variety of unique challenges and will be tasked with achieving set outcomes within a very specific time frame.
You must have the ability to plan strategically whilst applying these skills efficiently to a range of situations.
4. Experience & Adaptability
The most sought after Interim Executives have experience within a range of industries and can apply their knowledge across variety of business settings.
The benefits of senior Executive assignments can be hugely rewarding in terms of work fulfilment and remuneration but you must have the adaptability to deal with uncertainty; both within the business which may be undergoing a period of change and remodelling, and in your personal circumstances such as the unexpected extension (or conclusion) of a project or the requirement to travel or work away from home.
5. Goal Oriented
Interim managers are paid on the understanding that goals and objectives will be achieved within a certain timeframe.
You will be adept at delivering value quickly; the benefit of working as an Interim Executive means that you can block out any peripheral noise and politics to focus on the job at hand.
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