Just like their employees, interim executives are prone to losing motivation. Getting caught up in the day-to-day hustle of the office can make one forget the very reasons why they joined in the first place.
Interim executives can learn from other great leaders to get that inspiration back.
Interim executives chart new frontiers
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rather than following trends or imitating competitors, good leaders think outside the box and look for new solutions.
Interim executives have a clear vision
“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”
–Theodore M. Hesburgh
Leaders that have clear goals and the conviction to believe in them are more likely to succeed. They follow their intuition, insight and data to make the right decisions and then follow through with them.
Interim executives focus on development
“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.”
Good managers continuously work on improving their skills and knowledge to become better leaders. They focus on both themselves and other potential leaders within the organization.
Interim executives don’t interfere
The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” -Theodore Roosevelt
Employees can get demotivated and annoyed if upper management constantly interferes in their work. Managers should instead trust them to deliver and only meddle if results are poor.