Do You Know What Matters Most in Leadership and Hiring Leaders?

join-our-team-signI was listening to Jack Welch, and he gave good advice on how to hire the best person for the job and what to look for. It wasn’t too surprising at first… but then he added a final thought on what’s really important that changed my view.

Jack started with “smarts” and “integrity” – which are almost a given for all the good candidates. “Smarts” is not just IQ but common sense as well. If a candidate’s integrity and values don’t match your organization’s values – let them succeed elsewhere.

Jack then outlined what he uses to distinguish the “best” candidates from the “good” candidates. ┬áHe calls it “The four Es and one P.”

  • Energy: They go the distance, and not just at crunch time.
  • Energize others: They exude positivity and stir others to action, contagiously.
  • Edge: They can make yes-or-no decisions, without analyzing everything to death, and can adapt and cut their wrong decisions quickly, letting their winners run.
  • Execution: They get out from behind the desk and make ideas happen.
  • Passion: They have it – for both work and life. “Passionate people sweat the details; they’re curious, they care” – and they are not one-dimensional.

When you are interviewing people, ask questions that test whether they have demonstrated these skills. If you are the interviewee, you want to make sure that your answers tell your personal story and demonstrate these qualities.

Then Jack added what he thought was the game changing quality for leaders today – having a “generosity gene.”

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Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

1 Reply to "Do You Know What Matters Most in Leadership and Hiring Leaders?"

  • Jim Rembach
    November 7, 2013 (10:13 pm)

    Are we really sure about this?

    Take this from David Rock:

    “We have hired and promoted generations of managers with robust analytical skills and poor social skills, and we don’t seem to think that matters.”

    Has the tide turned that much? Do the requirements for MBAs prohibit placing the best emotionally intelligent person in the vacancy?

    Does this matter most or finally?

    Something to ponder.