ERIC Number: ED376551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Executive Selection: A Look at What We Know and What We Need To Know.
DeVries, David L.
This report, an expanded version of the working document that anchored the 1992 Center for Creative Leadership conference on executive selection, summarizes and evaluates the contributions of research and practice to the understanding of how to choose the most effective leaders for organizations. Following a brief look at the realities of organizational performance that have led to the growing interest in executive selection, an overview of executive selection is presented in the form of nine observations. Each observation is comprised of a literature review and recommendations to improve practice. The observations are summarized as follows: (1) There is much new research from the last 30 years to help increase the odds of picking successful executives; (2) corporate executives are not using personnel selection tools; (3) a holistic context-rich approach is most significant; (4) opportunities for managerial growth should be maximized throughout the careers of all candidates; (5) more accurate and detailed performance measures of how executives perform must be developed; (6) assessment models must be appropriate to the 21st century; (7) hiring external candidates poses risks to both the candidate and the organization; (8) organizations must promote diversity in leadership by including women and people of color; and (9) there is a need to get past ennui and miscommunication about executive selection. Appendices contain a list of the conference's principal speakers, definitions, and list of further questions. Contains 108 references. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Evaluation, Administrator Selection, Leadership, Organizational Effectiveness, Performance, Personnel Selection, Search Committees (Personnel)
Center for Creative Leadership, Post Office Box 26300, Greensboro, NC 27438-6300.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC.