It may be worrying to hire someone used to working within a leadership role for your company, but candidates with a lot of experience can actually bring a fresh perspective and solutions to problem-solving scenarios for your organisation. Clearly defined role expectations can prevent any confusion in relation to responsibilities.
Applicants who’ve had experience working in roles of such seniority in the past also usually have a highly developed sense of understanding how various departments function, as well as the need for a joint collaboration in order to achieve success for the organisation.
They also tend to have a wide-ranging field of experience, which can be an incredibly valuable asset in a start-up setting. What this means is they can fill in for spaces in various departments or for various people depending on the need of the company, providing a sense of adaptability that not all new hires may be able to provide.
The biggest worry most recruiters have when hiring a former CEO for their company is the idea that there may be an unconscious takeover in leadership, or their team may suffer from disequilibrium in terms of people with experience.
This can be circumvented fairly easily, by outlining the expectations of the position your new hire is agreeing to take, as well as ensuring that meetings are held collaboratively and with a focus on equal exchange of ideas.
Staying confident in the ability of your team and ensuring everyone is respectful of each other will allow you to focus solely on hiring a candidate for their abilities. As the saying goes, if you’re the smartest person in the room, you need to find somewhere else to go – your team and their individual capabilities are a reflection on the potential success of your company, so don’t be intimidated to hire someone for fear you may lose control of your project.
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