Hiring for an entry-level position is already challenging. But this degree of challenge is increased tenfold when you’re talking about hiring for top leadership positions. The wrong C-level hire can throw your entire company into disarray. This, combined with the fact that the people doing the hiring have often never held the particular role in question, means that there is almost always a huge amount of anxiety about hiring people to take over the helm at the highest levels of leadership.
But it’s important to keep in mind that hiring new leaders is also a huge opportunity. It’s a chance to reaffirm what is excellent about your organization while bringing in fresh skills, attitudes, and perspectives. When you go into the hiring process fully prepared, you are better equipped to minimize the risks while fully exploiting those opportunities that arise. And your company will be in a better place overall for having put in the effort to find the right person to help move you forward in the years to come.