I am on borrowed time this morning because I am facilitating a workshop on “Raising the Bar on Supply Chain Leadership” with a select group of industry executives. As I wrote in the workshop synopsis, “Across all industries, a company’s strategy and business plan are becoming highly dependent on achieving supply chain excellence. As a result, the bar is rising for supply chain executives on what it takes to become a successful and effective leader.”
In preparation, I asked the participants to read “A New Acid Test for Supply Chain Talent Management,” by Carlos Garcia and Bill Fello from Korn/Ferry International, and to give some thought to the following three questions:
- If you were the CEO of your company looking to hire or promote a new Chief Supply Chain Officer, what skills, knowledge, and experience would you like to see in a candidate’s resume? Why?
- Think of a leader or mentor who has had a positive influence on your career. What leadership lessons or advice did you get from him or her that you would pass on to others?
- What concerns you the most about the next generation of prospective leaders, and what inspires you the most about them? What can they learn from you and vice versa?
I’m sure that we will have a lively and interesting discussion this morning, and I will share my key takeaways from the session in a future posting. In the meantime, give some thought to this topic and the questions above, then get the conversation started by posting a comment and sharing your viewpoint on what it means to raise the bar on supply chain leadership.
(Editor’s note: For related commentary, see our “Learning & Leadership” archive).