This is a very interesting article from HBR. I would have to agree, so many people focus on past performance, which of course should be very much a consideration, but some roles that just might not be the right consideration. We all know how great sales people are often poor sales managers. We know many great football manager were not great players, look at Jurgen Klopp as just one example. Spend time looking at what skills and personality are required for the leadership roles you're hiring for. Maybe it's the curved ball, the outsider, that's what you need, and the predictable hire is not the right hire! These are the questions and processes we at Hyperion work through with our C-Level and leadership roles.
Are you looking for leaders who can drive great results? Bring people together? Listen and develop others? Or are you looking for leaders who can connect, innovate, and help evolve the business? Every company needs different types of leaders at different times, and someone who performs well in their current role may not be the right person to help you reach your most immediate goals.