An interim leader is a different breed of highly specialized talent.
Traditional leaders take a holistic long-term view of an organization’s evolution towards fulfilling a stated mission.
In this situation, a permanent role may be unnecessary or impossible to find on short notice.
Additionally, there may be nobody internally who is suitable for, or available to take up, the position in question.
When it comes to interim nonprofit leadership, understanding the differences between interim and traditional leadership and stepping into your roll accordingly will benefit your cause and those who serve it.
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There are always two challenges associated with interim leadership: providing effective leadership, and the management of organizational culture and emotion that goes with that unique assignment.
An interim works from a perspective of “deliverables” while a permanent leader works from a perspective of “goals.” Everyone involved with the organization, including the interim, will suffer significantly, if there is not an understood set of deliverables.
During the interim assignment, the time factor is very important.
This is why our interim managers jump right in so they can become operational in a very short period.