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Ask the Recruiter: Leadership, advocacy, coalition-building are key CEO skills

Search consultants share competencies they seek in C-suite candidates; other attributes include vision, creativity, fundraising ability

Wright and Ha
Liza Wright, left, and Julian Ha

Nov. 3, 2017

Question: What skill sets prove that a candidate is ready to rise from senior staff to CEO?

Liza Wright
Managing Partner
Lochlin Partners
When we conduct CEO searches in the association market, we often evaluate both internal and external candidates.

Overall, we look for dynamic, highly credible candidates who have shown progressive responsibility throughout their career and have demonstrable success in previous leadership roles.