KULPER & COMPANY Executive Search: The Transformational Leader: A Proven Value Creator
There are many terms in business meant to capture the essence of a complex concept in a simple phrase. Some are pretty clever, even poetic: “evergreen credit line”, “thought leader”, “paradigm shift”, “claw-back” and many others. But here is one that is chock-full of benefits for organizations when a need for one occurs: Transformational Leader.
We are a top executive search firm that focuses on providing executive search consulting for our clients. KULPER & COMPANY possesses 20 years of successful experience in the field of executive recruitment. We have learned a great deal about the kind of hires that have the most positive impact for our clients. Search assignments for a transformational leader are the most interesting and challenging for our firm and potentially the most beneficial for our clients.
In our experience as an executive search firm the best candidates get the most accurate references from accomplished and credible sources. Despite what skeptics might think, the reference process is very difficult to game. If we speak with 4 or more references provided to us by our candidate, particularly immediate supervisors and peers, an increasingly clearer picture about the candidate’s work style, skills, intellectual capabilities, curiosity and other important elements emerges. When the candidate assessment keeps growing in depth the likelihood that the candidate is indeed the right fit, strengthens markedly.
The stakes are even higher when the client is seeking to attract a transformational leader who will be asked to significantly improve a key department of the organization (human resources, finance, sales, IT….) or the entire operation, in an effort to turn it around or take it to a whole new level of effectiveness.
Over the 20 years that we have been in business, KULPER & COMPANY has increasingly gravitated towards executive search assignments for clients who are seeking to hire a transformational leader for a segment of their operation or the entire organization. In our definition, a transformational leader is someone who succeeds in creating significant value for stakeholders by reimagining the work that must be done to meet the needs of customers and other key stakeholders. A successful transformational leader will positively impact product innovation and program development, sales and enrollment revenue, client and employee satisfaction, operational best practices and many others. Moreover, a successful transformational leader’s initiatives will be sustainable over many years.
We relish accepting executive search assignments for transformational leaders whether it is for Director of Human Resources, Sales or Finance, VP Research/New Product Development, College Dean, University Provost, SVP, President & CEO. We know that much more is at stake for everyone involved with the search—and this makes the challenge of completing it successfully that much more stimulating, challenging and rewarding. Through this series of stories about some of our transformational leadership searches we hope that you will benefit from learning how we approached the assignment as well as what the hired candidate actually did to meet and exceed the expectations of our client and help transform their organization.
Here is our first example of what the concept of transformational leadership means in practice.
The story of our first Transformational Leader focuses on Dr. Guiyou Huang, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs for Norwich University in Northfield, VT.
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