Successfully Becoming an Interim Leader

If you are a leader with demonstrated accomplishments in your specific field, there may be an opportunity for you to join the interim world. Often, interim leaders share that the most energizing and fulfilling experiences that they have had during their careers have involved situations when they have truly transformed practice environments. If you are that kind of a leader and truly love opportunities to foster change, redirection and new horizons, then interim roles may be for you. Interim leaders utilize the skills that they have already mastered often using their expertise in settings that are in great need. Interims may be needed when there are either planned or unplanned departures of key nursing leaders. As an interim, you quickly enter the setting and work with the organization often for an agenda of new direction while still promoting the organization’s priorities already in play. Interims demonstrate their worth by ensuring that the organization does not miss a beat while a search is underway for a permanent leader or an upcoming leader is being developed.

What can a candidate expect while working as an interim through Kirby Bates Associates

  • The opportunity to experience a broad range of organizations and challenges on your terms and on your schedule.
  • The opportunity to make a real difference in an organization in a short period of time without the need for a long term commitment.
  • The opportunity to have a trial of a certain type of position or at a geographic location different from home.
  • The choice to accept or defer on engagements without compromising future opportunities.
  • Ongoing support and coaching from Kirby Bates Associates, with a back-up team behind the scenes of former CNOs, CEOs and COOs.

Facts and Figures for Candidates for Interim Engagement through Kirby Bates Associates

  • Interims are brought on as W2 employees either as an employee of KBA or as an employee of the client hospital.
  • Interim compensation takes into consideration the interim’s qualifications and experience, reflecting typical salaries for the position and geographic region. Generally an additional premium is factored in the determination since no benefits are provided to the interim.
  • Total compensation package includes housing and local transportation along with airfare or other transportation for regular trips home.

Here is what some of our Interim Leaders have to say:

  • “I enjoy the challenge of each new engagement and the variety of settings where I now call my workplace.”
  • “Achieving results quickly in challenging situations consistently provides me with great satisfaction.”
  • “I draw from my expertise and experience yet continue to learn from each new project.”
  • “Freedom from corporate politics is great.”
  • “Working through KBA is the best, they always have my back throughout the entire engagement.”
  • “I thought my career was winding down, in fact it has been given new life by being an interim.”

If you are considering an interim for your organization, please contact Colleen Chapp, Executive Vice President Interim Leadership Services.