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Complete Candidate Assessment

Hiring managers and search committees typically begin screening and assessing candidates by reviewing and discussing formal qualifications, reputation in a field, and the seniority of the applicant's current and past positions. Although these criteria are essential, equally vital to a candidate's success are the distinct leadership qualities, administrative skills, or interpersonal competencies that each leadership position calls for. When hiring managers fail to consider these "informal" qualifications they place the success of the new hire at risk.

NLG provides coaching and training to institutional search leaders and committees based on a deep assessment of the environment in which a new hire will operate, and the qualities that will be called for in order to be effective. We provide a framework and tools that help leaders and committees to go beyond formal review, to evaluate the administrative, interpersonal, and emotional competencies that will be "pulled" for in the position, and the considerations relating to "fit" that will be most salient. Our assessment and subsequent advice covers:

Key leadership qualities that you should seek in candidates, based on:

  • Current strategic challenges and objectives
  • Legacy - including the incumbent's strengths and weaknesses
  • Cultural and political dynamics within and across the institution that must be navigated

Critical administrative skills and experience that will be required, including:

  • Subject matter expertise
  • Operational experience
  • Financial acumen
  • Experience managing staff (including reviewing, hiring and firing)
  • Contextual/institutional insight
  • Problem-solving skills

The interpersonal competencies that define effective leadership:

  • The four C.O.R.E. Qualities for leaders
    • Conscientiousness
    • Openness to Experience
    • Resilience
    • Extroversion
  • The four quadrants of Emotional Intelligence
    • Self-awareness
    • Self-regulation and motivation
    • Empathy and insight
    • Management and motivation of others
  • The four pillars of Personal Presence
    • Curiosity
    • Courage
    • Ability to engage others
    • Ability to take charge gracefully

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