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The leadership profile of an interim manager includes the ability to provide strong, decisive leadership during periods of transition or change. You have to be able to motivate and inspire others, build effective teams, and provide clear guidance and direction to achieve specific objectives. You possess a wealth of knowledge and experience in a specific field, and you are able to think strategically and make tough decisions to steer the organization in the right direction.


Over the years you left your ego behind, have a mature communication and leadership style, and you are able to effectively communicate, build strong relationships with key stakeholders, and negotiate effectively on behalf of the organization.


Overall, an interim manager's leadership profile is characterized by strong leadership, strategic thinking, and the ability to achieve results within a set timeframe.

What does it take?

Relevant experience

To become an executive interim manager, you need to have a wealth of experience in your field. This may include 20 years of experience in senior-level leadership roles, as well as experience in managing change, developing strategy, and achieving results.

Leadership Skills

You need to possess a range of skills that are crucial to success as an interim manager. These include strong leadership skills, strategic thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, adaptability, and a results-oriented mindset.


While not always necessary, having relevant education or certification, such as an MBA, CPA, FCCA, VDA, QMP, PMO, Six Sigma, or similar can be helpful in demonstrating your qualifications to potential clients, and can make a small difference in the final selection of the client.


As an executive interim manager, you need to be flexible and willing to adapt to new situations. This may involve working in different industries, friendly or hostile situations, or taking on assignments that require you to work in a different location with diverse corporate cultures or ethnicities.


Building a strong network is important for becoming an executive interim manager. This may include building relationships with other professionals in your field, as well as developing a strong reputation for delivering results.

Not everyone can be an executive interim manager. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, there are some characteristics that may indicate that someone is not a good fit for interim missions:

  • an unemployed manager simply looking for a job

  • a manager willing to accept any work arrangement, including contract work

  • a consultant. This topic is covered in a separate micro page

  • a "burnt-out" manager looking for an improved work-life balance (less work), part-time or remote assignment

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