This post will cover how to find and acquire top leadership talent rather than candidates who are merely technically qualified. While it takes a multi-tiered approach to adequately address project leadership needs, talent acquisition is the first and most crucial step.
Traditional staffing companies use a wholesale approach of providing a large pile of “good-enough” resumes. While sifting through some basic functional, on-paper requirements is sufficient for lower-level, technical roles, project leadership positions require a deeper dig. Project success relies on applying these functional skills in real-life scenarios where difficult trade-offs need to be made, which requires a unique combination of leadership, negotiation, collaboration, keen judgment, strong interpersonal skills, and situational awareness. (more…)