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Are you a Sourcing Sensei?
Are all leaders created equal? Does it matter if they are technically savvy about the area they are leading?
This week’s esourcing Wiki-Wednesday is Intro to Sourcing Sensei. Over the next few weeks we will be discussing each of these factors in detail. While you may agree with some or all of these attributes, I am sure you can picture examples of individuals that are strong in some of these and not in others. Those that are strong in all these areas are very much in a leadership capacity.
For example, I have worked with someone who was excellent at communication and customer focused but not at strong with market expertise or collaboration. Another individual was very experienced in sourcing and had definitely ‘walked the walk’. They also were a market zen master, know the landscape and the product and suppliers. However, they were not strong at teaching, team building or customer centric.
I have also worked for leadership teams that had more generic skills and not well versed in sourcing. They were very successful. In order to do so, they assembled a very strong team that was experienced in sourcing and then empowered them with the tools and resources to ‘work their magic’.
Do you feel this list is accurate? Is there anything missing? What is your experience from those that you have come across in your sourcing teams?