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Interim executives require focus and tenacity

22 July 2009

Executives considering occupying interim management positions in the public sector must have focus, tenacity and the ability to think laterally.

That is according to Samson Jebutu, head of workforce planning at Essex County Council, who identified these qualities as important for any private sector board member considering transferring to local government.

Drawing on his experiences as an interim director, Mr Jebutu told the Guardian that transitional executives can experience "dynamic and stimulating" careers and offer organisations fresh impetus in difficult periods.

The current unwelcome economic climate is expected to lead to an increase in interims in local government, with the director of human resources at Swindon Council suggesting last week that transitional executives offer more flexibility.

Mr Jebutu told the newspaper that turnaround directors must be participative in their leadership styles.

He said: "A collaborative approach is best for an interim manager because it helps create shared purpose and vision."

Categories: Public Sector


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