post # 337 — March 23, 2007 — a Managing post
If you donâ€™t subscribe to my (free) articles, then you wonâ€™t know that I have just published a new article on my website entitled Selecting A Leader: Do We Know What We Want? (downloadabe in pdf form, as all my articles are.)
The article points out that many of the desired characteristics that firms say they want in a CEO or Managing Partner are inherently contradictory: for example, firms often say they want someone who is both decisive and consultative. Itâ€™s tough to be both.
Some other trade-offs include choosing someone who:
- Focuses on working inside firm versus focuses on a high profile with clients and marketplace
- Is good with numbers versus good with people
- Leads in accordance with a strong personal ideology of his or her own, versus is the kind of person who tolerates different views, values and approaches
In the article, I describe a simple approach to debating â€œforced choicesâ€ between a large number of these â€œpaired virtues”, as a way of getting firms to clarify what they really want in a leader.
What contradictory or conflicting things do you see people include when they enumerate the desirable characteristics of a leader?