A few years ago, when we were searching for a successor to lead one of Cisco's highest-growth regions, we elected to elevate a younger, local leader with less experience than the other candidates. Why take the risk? He had a close connection to evolving customers, shrewd instincts about how the market was developing, and a keen sense of the disruption that was needed in the region. In other words, he had the right mindset.
"Identifying Leaders Who Could Bypass the Typical Promotion Path" is from HBR.com, published on September 27, 2016.