4 ways to be a successful interim leader

4 ways to be a successful interim leader





Today’s guest contributor is Richard Lindenmuth, who has walked the interim leader path more than once in multiple industries. He has over 30 years general management experience, is Chairman of the Association of Interim Executives, and author of The Outside the Box Executive.

 

interim leaderHere’s a familiar story of late: A company’s leader has to step down, for any number of reasons, and the board of directors appoints an Interim CEO. Recent examples include United Airlines, DuPont and Twitter—where Interim CEO Jack Dorsey recently became CEO. 

Let’s be clear: an interim CEO is not the same as a CEO even though there are many intersecting skills.

An interim executive parachutes in, takes charge, assuages fears, restores confidence, troubleshoots immediate to systemic problems, takes action, and plots direction—fast. (more…)