Criteria to look for in leadership stretch opportunities
1. Unfamiliar responsibilities
requires leaders to initiate new ways of coping with problems, recognise when existing approaches are inadequate, and perform in front of new stakeholders.
2. Creating change: New directions
requires starting a new business unit, making strategic changes, implementing a reorganisation, or reacting to a change in the business environment.
3. Creating change: Inherited problems
requires addressing problems created by a predecessor.
4. Creating change: Problems with employees
requires managing direct reports who lack experience, are incompetent, or resistant.
5. High level of responsibility: High visibility
involves significant responsibility through clear deadlines, pressure from senior management, high visibility, and responsibility for key, high-stake decisions.
6. High level of responsibility: Scale and scope
involves responsibility for a wide breadth of significant responsibilities (e.g., large budgets, significant number of people, diverse functions).
7. Working across boundaries: Influencing without authority
requires gaining cooperation from people over whom you have little formal authority, such as peers and higher-level management, understanding that influencing laterally is just as important as directing line reports.
8. Working across boundaries: Representing the organisation externally
requires managing and responding to external factors that impact the business (e.g., having to coordinate with suppliers or contractors). Requires negotiation and influence skills to build collaborative relationships.
9. Managing others: Managing work group diversity
requires leading a diverse group or team of individuals, e.g. across different functions, to achieve collaboration
10. Managing others: Working across cultures
involves interaction with those from different cultural and/or ethnic backgrounds. Ability to prevent and/or manage conflict and use difference to stimulate creativity.