What do pandas have to do with stalled executive careers? According to leadership advisors Elena Lytkina Botelho and Katie Semmer Creagh, certain common traits are just like the cuddly bear: they look innocent, but they can deliver a damaging bite, powerful enough to stall someone’s career for reasons unbeknownst to them. Botelho and Creagh looked at over 100 executives who were finalists for C-suite role but ultimately turned down. Well over half had at least one “panda” issue. From executive presence to communication style to peer-level relationships, Botelho and Creagh look at the most common issues that stall careers, and what can be done to repair each, in this Harvard Business Review article.