Zachary A. Smith Zachary A. Smith is managing partner of the education practice at WittKieffer, an executive search and leadership advisory firm. Read his previous columns here. Read MoreRead Less Stories by this Author Advice Full Disclosure: Being a Leadership Candidate Means Being Candid By Zachary A. Smith June 15, 2023 Difficult though it may be, disclose what you can, as early as you can, to avoid unpleasant surprises in the hiring process. Advice In a First-Round Interview for a Leadership Post, Make Sure You Show the Love By Zachary A. Smith August 29, 2018 If it seems as if you’re just kicking the tires, your candidacy will fall flat. Advice The Best Executive-Job Candidates By Zachary A. Smith April 30, 2017 If you find it difficult to be transparent, then you probably shouldn’t be applying for the position. Moving Up The Best Search Committees By Zachary A. Smith October 31, 2016 By nature, they are imperfect and varied, but successful ones share some traits.