One of the strong pieces of advice we provide for leadership candidates who are preparing for that role clinching final interview presentation is not to just focus on the challenges & opportunities and how best to address them with a knockout strategic or operational plan. Candidates should also remember to incorporate how they will work with and through a wide variety of people throughout the organisation; using a simple maxim we suggest which is that 'Plans don't make plans work - people do'.
Where possible, as part of the subsequent interview Q&A, leadership candidates should have some incisive, evidence-based narrative on how they have done this with challenging stakeholders in the past.
Bain's Insights article here captures this concept in a much broader way which also has a much deeper resonance for successful leadership.
Senior executives serve as role models to other people in the organization, and they are biased to action. But other, less obvious behaviors will be just as effective in generating energy and conﬁdence: Paying attention to how their peers behave, listening to employees’ concerns, and calling out exemplary behaviors at every opportunity. This stance represents a marked shift for some executives.