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. Interims 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 behaviors 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 characterized by complex and diverse experience across multiple organizations and sectors is hugely advantageous.
Accessibility: Being accessible and willing to travel is essential, as many roles will require you to be based away from home Monday through Friday. Availability and flexibility around the many variables of an assignment, such as location, rate, duration, etc. are also important.