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What Does a Headhunter Really Look For? | BNET

September 15, 2010

“The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’”

Sigmund Freud

Freud had a pretty smooth gig. Here was a man who enticed wealthy, neurotic women to his office and — relaxing their inhibitions with hypnosis — encouraged them to describe their fantasies while lying on his chaise lounge. As if that wasn’t enough, he profitably published these sessions…and then billed them. Still, he didn’t completely get it.

We have the same problem lately with leadership. It’s the hottest topic for business books of every shape and flavor, yet despite all the “five qualities this” and “seven characteristics that,” we still don’t get it, either. Honestly, isn’t it a bit like pornography? We know it when we see it.

Perhaps leaders are simply labeled as such after the fact by what they’ve done. We see their trail of smoke and know in our hearts that they delivered, like the Lone Ranger. There are a few telltale hints along the way: balance sheets, stock prices, looking at who and how they hire, but mostly it’s not over until the fat lady sings.

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