Let's hope not.
Last week I heard the wonderful PY Gerbeau speak at a conference (I was also on the bill). PY is the man behind the turnaround of the Disneyland Paris and the Millenium Dome (amongst others). Specialising in the leisure industry his team will come in and make a success of your business even when it seems like the company is doomed.
Sounds great, right?
Yes, in that they are fantastically successful at what they do. They will save the business and keep people in work if at all possible. Gerbeau sounds like a fantastic boss too - a big character with strong opinions for sure, but also someone who really cares about the company and the people who work there, plus the customers they serve.
But here's why you don't want him to come in to your business - Because by the time PY is there, you know that you and your leadership team have failed.
The job of leadership, according to my all time hero, Sir John Harvey-Jones, is to maintain the highest pace of change that the organisation and the people within it can stand. So if you want to call yourself a leader, that's your job. You need to play your part in driving the kinds of changes that make your business a success.
If you see PY walking up the front steps you will know that you and your colleagues did not do your job. Now it requires him and his team to do it.
If you need a change consultancy to change your business, your leaders have failed. You can't outsource leadership to consultants unless you have lost belief in your ability to lead your company.
Before you get to that stage, invest in your own people...and that includes your leaders. Give them the time, the space, the confidence and the tools to lead. It isn't a luxury. In fact, it's one of the first things PY will probably do when he arrives. But, by then, you're gone. Do it now, before it's too late.