I am currently serving on a search committee for a new executive director for the National Adult Day Services Association. It’s been a long process where we have had to identify transitional leadership, do some significant strategic planning, and identify and then interview candidates. I’ve learned so much during the last few months.
A friend of mine and a fellow search committee member sent our team a link to this article by James Citrin of Spencer Stuart: How Boards Interview CEO Candidates.
The article is an interesting guide for a board to use when hiring their next CEO or Executive Director or other leadership position. He’s has hit on some great questions that cover a wide range of a CEO’s responsibilities. In his interview guide, he covers the following areas:
- Growth, Financial, and Operational Management
- Strategy and Vision
- Leadership and Team Building
He includes some additional interview questions that are useful, but a bit outside of the above categories. The most important question according to Citrin: “What questions do you have for us?”
Read the article. Here’s my question for the small business owner: can you answer these questions about your company? In a resource constrained environment, how do you lead your company forward?
At least those were the questions I was asking myself. I’ve got some work to do.