Interim leadership provides healthcare organizations a valuable resource when there are planned or unplanned departures of key leaders. Interim leaders can step into unique situations quickly when immediate talent is needed to support the organizational agenda.

Kirby Bates Associates (KBA) provides a robust platform of services that support healthcare leadership teams, including interim leadership services. To better understand the unique characteristics and perspectives of interim leaders, KBA conducted a survey to elicit feedback and input from interim leaders. Participants in this survey were predominately nursing leaders identified from the KBA database as having served as an interim leader or having an interest in pursuing interim leadership positions. They were geographically diverse.