Tips for Aspiring Interim Leaders
Interim roles can be a new experience for a lot of leaders in the industry. We’ve asked several experienced interim leaders what their tips for those thinking of moving into the interim workforce might be.
Interim roles are a great way for people to create choice in their life, yet still play a critical role in an organisation. Equally it provides flexibility, easier and timely access to new strategic thinking for those companies who hire an interim executive.
My tips to anyone considering an interim role are:
- Be very clear on the experiences and scenarios where you have created value, that you can bring to a new company. For example if you have improved growth outcomes, implemented successful strategic changes or re-organised the operations of a company, this is very valuable. However it is up to the individual to be clear and succinct in how you explain this.
- Equally be well considered and aware that these roles, by their nature, require you to bring stability and maintain leadership to the company. Some opportunities won’t require all of your past experiences and thoughts on change.
- Your level of passion and interest in a market and people should be there for people to see. An interim role is still a valuable experience and if it is only considered a “fill in” role or that message or “feeling” comes across, most people will see through this.
- Finally, keep an open mind. Interim assignments are new experiences and just as you can add value to the organisation these interim opportunities can provide you with valuable learning.
We also asked Ccentric Group Managing Director, Wayne Bruce, for his advice to aspiring leaders:
My best advice for anyone aspiring to better their career is to ensure you are doing something you enjoy and are passionate about – if you’re not, it’s probably be time to consider a change. Like many people, I “fell” into the executive search industry, it was not a planned career move. However, on entering the sector, I was fortunate enough to have found what I consider my “calling” or vocation. This is especially so given that Ccentric’s focus is on the healthcare sector – every placement we make has an impact on people’s lives and so we can be proud that we make our own small but important contribution to the betterment of the community through what we do every day.
It is all about your contacts and network. You do need to treat it like it a professional practice. It is important to have your LinkedIn up-to-date and build your connections. You need to be prepared to take roles that aren’t always what you want. I spent 3 months babysitting a STRATA management business in Darwin as a friend of mine needed someone responsible to look after their business over the Christmas period. You need to be open-minded.
Number 1 is to make sure you are there for the right reasons. You need to think about what value you are going to get out of it and when you get in to the role, try and achieve that. It is also about enjoying the experience – Interim roles allow you to experience a different lifestyle.
Well, it can be very interesting, an opportunity to challenge yourself, and a great opportunity to develop both professionally and personally. And it can also be the chance to take a working holiday in a new location.
In addition to our Tips from Aspiring Interim Leaders, check out some of our previous Tips for Aspiring Leaders here: