Proximity makes the difference.
Being closer to the client and candidate means acting with personalities and personality. It means showing empathy to find unique leaders, having a deeper understanding of their needs and matching them perfectly with your requirements.
Proximity. Understanding. Success.
You have probably heard it before, when it comes to filling top executive positions, it’s all about the details. Often it is the barely noticeable subtleties of the candidate profile or the final 1% in the matchmaking that determine the long-term successful filling.
As an exclusive executive search specialist, we combine a deep and rich network in over 18 industries with an entrepreneurial-pragmatic approach and the highest quality standards. Over the past two decades, we have earned a reputation as a good listener, responsible advisor and reliable partner, because we overcome all distances for our clients.
Closer than others
Closer to the market
Closer to the market
- Our proprietary leadership pool, Best-Connected-Minds (BCM), gives you access to more than 300,000 curated executive profiles and more than 1.6 million potential candidates.
- Unlike many executive search firms, we have our own in-house profiling team that works in a focused manner on your search assignment.
- We have few off-limits in direct search and give you almost complete access to the German-speaking/European management market.
Closer to the candidate
- Via a discrete and highly professional direct approach, we treat all top executive candidates with esteem and sensitivity.
- As long-time executives, our partners and consultants have the operational understanding, experience and reputation to best motivate and advise executives when navigating their career.
- With a variety of accompanying personality analyses, such as the strengths radar, we give suitable management candidates the greatest possible certainty about their “fit” for your recruiting.
Closer to your plans
- “Starting today, not tomorrow” – we act unbureaucratically, flexibly and efficiently. For us, speed and quality are not counterparts, but two sides of the same coin.
- Instead of lengthy, non-transparent search processes, we cultivate an entrepreneurial, pragmatic approach that delivers results.
- More than 95% of our candidates successfully remain in their placed position after two years and have even advanced further.
Closer to your goals
- We bring understanding: Our partners and consultants are experienced listeners. They understand the problems. They anticipate the wishes. They know the solutions.
- In matchmaking, we act in a tailored and agile manner. We develop custom-fit solutions and bring together the interests of our clients and those of the candidates without making false compromises.
- However, if a candidate leaves the company within the first six months, we will fill the position free of charge.
At your side with a proven approach
We see ourselves as consultants and feel committed to a mutually trusting, honest, clear and critical cooperation. For this reason, we offer both clients and candidates a contact person and a permanent team from the first interview through to the successful conclusion. We attach great importance to a transparent search and selection process, regular status information to clients and candidates as well as quality and efficiency, which we guarantee through our own in-house profiling team. As a result, our placements are often made faster than the industry’s standard ten to twelve weeks or enable placement solutions where the competition has failed to find a placement solution.
We recruit at the pulse of your industry
We fill top executive positions at the first and second management levels and, in some cases, high-profile industry specialists from 18 industries.
Exceptional people for exceptional positions
Coming from management positions themselves, our partners and consultants are the trustworthy partner at your side who know what is important when filling a wide variety of management positions.
Hear what others are saying about
I would like to acknowledge the high level of service that LEADER SELECTION has provided during our cooperation. LEADER SELECTION has been able to keep up with our demands, and has placed our CFO in an extremely effective manner. They showed a great understanding of our technology and business and thoroughly researched both our products and potential candidates prior to making introductions. We have been very satisfied with the quality of the candidates and the necessary discretion related to this search. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the team of LEADER SELECTION again, should the opportunity arise.
Since 2004 I have been working with Elmar Stenglein of LEADER SELECTION on six mandates so far. With Elmar’s help I have been able to hire six top executives (three CEOs, two COOs and one CFO). It turned out very quickly that Elmar does not only maintain a very powerful and detailed database but – more importantly – has a pronounced sensitivity to what type of manager with which background and experience is qualified to meet the individual requirements of the position. I will continue to work with Elmar in the future and I can honestly recommend his service.
Personally, I have known Elmar Stenglein – founder and managing partner of LEADER SELECTION – for more than five years. When I contacted Elmar Stenglein asking him for potential candidates (I was searching for two new members of the Managing Board of Directors – both CEO and CFO), he personally took his time to learn first of all about the company and to understand the business model. With the support of Elmar Stenglein we saw a wide range of well-screened and highly capable candidates in terms of profession and personality. The match for each position was not only very good compared to our requirements, but also with regard to the personal spirit of cooperation between the new CEO and CFO and the placement as a new performing team. I am pleased to recommend Elmar Stenglein and his company LEADER SELECTION as professional and trustful partners for management executive search, providing the highest level of professionalism.
I have known Dr. Hilmar Döring for many years. He understands from many years of personal experience what kind of leaders are successful in medium-sized businesses. He knows the special features of family businesses and can quickly get to grips with their specific economic, technological and personnel challenges. On this basis, he and his team quickly presented us with very well-suited candidates, both professionally and culturally, for a key area manager position in our company. His moderating advice during the final selection process was also very valuable. Through his close and appreciative contact with the candidates, he was able to maintain their interest even over a lengthy selection process and help us to win over the final selected person.
Philipp Waldmann is a reliable person, hands on and open minded with a strong market knowledge esp. in the Automotive/ Mobility segment. With more than 30 years of experience in international leadership roles in the mobility space he speaks the language of the industry and understands immediately what is needed for a “perfect fit” placement. With his “Digital-Background” he is also a competent partner if it comes to Transformation/ Digitalization topics. He is always up to the point extremely fast and – most important – he delivers! I have engaged Philipp and his team on several assignments on top level – also in Asia and the US – and I have always enjoyed working with him. He was able to solve even most complex searches with very demanding requirements.
We have had the privilege of working with Dr. Matthias Quadflieg for a placement of the position Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Matthias brings along that brought expertise in private equity and also a deep understanding of operational management. He is experienced in restructuring and growth processes and knows the complexities involved in change management and transformation which was a precondition for us. With his structured way of working, his empathy and positive attitude Matthias made it easy for us to trust and rely on a quick and seamless recruitment process. His calm and professional working attitude gave us peace of mind at any time. The candidate we chose due to his recommendation not only meets the qualifications and experience profile we needed, but in addition perfectly fits with our company culture. In just a short time, this new addition to the executive team has already made a significant impact on our sales and marketing approach. Overall, we got to know Matthias as an exceptional experienced and reliable business partner with a good spirit and open mind. Any time, we would highly recommend to working with him.
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