“A willingness to see ourselves in perspective, and to view our problems as relatively routine, provides the emotional space to think more broadly and deeply.”
— John Engels
“An elephant matriarch does not rule by force or fear. In a time of crisis, every member follows her lead. Her authority is complete because she has gained the respect and trust of her family.”
Joyce Poole, Ph.D. Kenyan Elephant Researcher
Leadership Coaching, Inc. helps top-level leaders promote relationship excellence in their businesses and families. We consistently deliver the world’s best relationship research in a challenging and practical format, enabling our clients to understand and practice high-level leadership like never before.
My clients report that they sometimes make bad hiring decisions for key leadership positions. They tell me their selection processes don’t help them make accurate predictions about who is most likely to work out and who is most likely to fall short. This also frequently happens with potential merger partners.
Hiring for a particular competence is easy; finding a leader or partner with maturity and poise who fits your culture presents a higher-magnitude challenge.
There’s no magic formula for choosing relationships, but leadership selection deserves more than one or two superficial conversations, passed off as “interviews.” It’s a process that begs for connection and deeper dialogue.