Why You Should Never Appoint Caretaker / Interim Leaders

15 thoughts on “Why You Should Never Appoint Caretaker / Interim Leaders”

  1. Too true Blessing. Every enterprise should have more than one person who can step into a gap. People stepping into a gap must have your vision and values. They should also work in team with everyone else in achieving short and long term goals. Sounds easy but it is often not.

    1. “having vision to achieve short and long terms goals”… everyone being on the same page in that regard contributes immensely to avoiding some of the challenges of interim leaders. thanks for stopping by…

  2. Too true Blessing. Every enterprise should have more than one person who can step into a gap. People stepping into a gap must have your vision and values. They should also work in team with everyone else in achieving short and long term goals. Sounds easy but it is often not.

    1. “having vision to achieve short and long terms goals”… everyone being on the same page in that regard contributes immensely to avoiding some of the challenges of interim leaders. thanks for stopping by…

  3. Well put. I think the challenge arises when leaders genuinely experience unforeseen circumstances. Then what? I ship with a caretaker captain is better than one without. I think if the team isn’t able to see beyond the fact that there is a caretaker leader then perhaps the leader who left it as is didn’t do his job well enough, because after all, whatever you are building needs to be bigger than the leader! But I agree, that we need to avoid, “quick-fix” interim solutions to a long-term goal. well said.

    1. re: “ship with a caretaker captain is better than one without – a very strong point…” noted. in appointing interim leaders, leadership at large needs to be absolutely sure that is the only way to go… perhaps challenge is now how to make it work… more consideration to go to that… perhaps a follow up post is in order. thanks for great input.

  4. Well put. I think the challenge arises when leaders genuinely experience unforeseen circumstances. Then what? I ship with a caretaker captain is better than one without. I think if the team isn’t able to see beyond the fact that there is a caretaker leader then perhaps the leader who left it as is didn’t do his job well enough, because after all, whatever you are building needs to be bigger than the leader! But I agree, that we need to avoid, “quick-fix” interim solutions to a long-term goal. well said.

    1. re: “ship with a caretaker captain is better than one without – a very strong point…” noted. in appointing interim leaders, leadership at large needs to be absolutely sure that is the only way to go… perhaps challenge is now how to make it work… more consideration to go to that… perhaps a follow up post is in order. thanks for great input.

    1. true, interim leaders are sometimes regarded as a temporary fix and their work, though having longer term impact treated as temporary as well… thx for stopping by ;-)

    1. true, interim leaders are sometimes regarded as a temporary fix and their work, though having longer term impact treated as temporary as well… thx for stopping by ;-)

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