A combination of tangible and intangible qualities determines whether an individual will be successful as an interim. Some of these include:
Experience: Even if you’ve held executive-level roles and worked in challenging environments, you will need to demonstrate that you can do so successfully in an interim capacity. Interim executives need to integrate quickly and deliver results at pace, with or without support.
Ability to engage teams: Able to motivate, engage and operate with the intellectual and emotional intelligence to understand behaviours and team dynamics.
Leadership skills: Ability to step into a situation or crisis and provide objective leadership and a fresh perspective.
Broad context: A background characterised by complex and diverse experience across multiple organisations and sectors is highly advantageous.
Accessibility: Being accessible globally and nationally is essential, as many roles will require you to be based away from home Monday through to Friday. Availability and flexibility around the many variables of an assignment, such as location, rate, duration, etc. are also important.