The choice of each member of the executive or management committee is vital to the effectiveness of the leadership team. The styles of successful leaders are as numerous as leaders themselves - whether visionary or directive, passionately involved or detached, collegial or individualistic. For each member, there must be clarity about role, skills and experience. Some chief executives need team members to contrast with their own style, others may need them to replicate it. But either way, there must exist the qualities to give life to the vision and values, and to translate these into core business propositions and competitive excellence for customers and shareholders.
Ward Howell sets out to:
Ward Howell brings the highest quality of dedicated executive search experience, processes and method. We seek to reduce the risk inherent in new appointments through our long experience and understanding of leadership and organizational issues.
Superior leadership, general management and skills are predominant sources of competitive advantage. The quality of the general management talent pool, its development, assessment and replenishment, has to be one of corporate leadership's main concerns. It requires professional processes and demanding judgments about the future leadership and managerial qualities needed to outperform others in the sector. External perspective and the ability to benchmark, as well as insight into corporate culture are essential.
Ward Howell´s approach to general management appointments is distinctive:
We have the skills experience and processes, together with total commitment to each of our clients to deliver the best and most suitable candidates and to help with their successful integration.
Globalization of business, facilitated by the rapid spread of technology, speed of communication and transfer of know-how, has led to significant changes in organization concepts, structures and roles. Delayering and outsourcing has meant flatter, more decentralised organizations, calling for greater strategic contribution from the corporate centre; with the result that in every business sector, functional and specialist roles and relationships have been transformed. Specialist management and skills are becoming increasingly important to business success. The identification and retention of leading practitioners has become as crucial and as difficult as recruiting talented general management.
Ward Howell helps clients make successful specialist line and functional appointments through: