Lately, I have thought a lot about hiring new leaders. What is more important: someone with extensive job specific knowledge or someone with previous leadership experience? When hiring a new person, the ideal situation would be to hire someone with both extensive job specific knowledge and previous leadership experience. However, this is not always possible. What do you do then?
Well first let’s look at what characteristics the two types bring to the table.
Extensive Job Specific Knowledge
The person with extensive job specific knowledge knows the ins and outs of the existing working environment. They know what has worked well in the past and what hasn’t. They also know how to deal with people specific to the working environment. All these aspects create a foundation from which they can lead.
Because this type of person only has job specific knowledge without the leadership experience, they also have some downsides. They may struggle in making quick decisions regarding personnel. They also may have limited knowledge of how to respond when faced with challenges. Their inexperience as a leader can appear as a lack of confidence in their personal abilities which could show through to their employees. [Read more…] about Extensive Job Specific Knowledge or Previous Leadership Experience?