Here's the ad. I'm amused to learn that you only need a B.S. degree in chemistry/the chemical sciences to be considered.
Below is the "leadership characteristics" section:
Understanding the Business: Knows the business and the mission-critical technical and functional skills needed to do the job; understands various types of business propositions and understands how businesses operate in general; learns new methods and technologies easily.
Making Complex Decisions: Can solve even the toughest and most complex of problems; great at gleaning meaning from whatever data are available; is a quick study of the new and different; adds personal wisdom and experience to come to the best conclusion and solution, given the situation; uses multiple problem-solving tools and techniques.
Getting Work Done Through Others: Manages people well; gets the most and best out of the people he/she has; sets and communicates guiding goals; measures accomplishments, holds people accountable, and gives useful feedback; delegates and develops; keeps people informed; provides coaching for today and for the future.
Dealing with Trouble: Fearlessly takes on all issues, challenges, and people; comfortably confronts and works through conflict; delivers negative feedback and messages without hesitation; deals promptly and fairly with problem performers; lets everyone know where they stand; thrives in crises and is energized by tough challenges; not afraid to make negative decisions and take tough action; challenges the status quo.
Communicating Effectively: Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; strongly gets a message across.
Inspiring Others: Is skilled at getting individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace change; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others; builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people.
Acting with Honor and Character: Is a person of high character; is consistent and acts in line with a clear and visible set of values and beliefs; deals and talks straight; walks his/her talk; is direct and truthful but at the same time can keep confidences.If I had some say in the next CEO of the American Chemical Society (and I most certainly do not), I would want someone to:
- Address the obvious imbalance between the Publications and membership portion of the society.
- Address the seeming gap between service to the academic side of chemistry (i.e. publications and conferences) and service to the industrial side (???).
- Prioritize informal science communication to the public regarding fear of chemicals
- Prepare Society rank-and-file membership for the next (?) economic downturn.
- Prioritize addressing long-term unemployment amongst Society members.
- Supply outlandish funding to the various membership offices so that we can have a broader and more accurate measurement of the health of the chemistry job market.