Ensuring Fit for Senior Leadership Roles

The core elements of fit apply to all positions, including senior leadership roles. Senior leaders require a demanding combination of hard skills, such as prior leadership experience; knowledge of the legal obligations of a business; experience in the implementation of a strategic plan; and role-specific experience in such functional areas as sales, finance, or operations. They also require a broad range of soft skills—some of them quite sophisticated—that contribute to effective leadership.

In Chapter 2, we listed some complementary traits commonly needed for success in leadership roles. However, in the search for what can be difficult-to-find hard skills and sophisticated complementary traits, ...

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