How to spot potential leaders in your business

How to spot potential leaders in your business

Imagine that your most senior manager just stepped down from their role unexpectedly. Would your business be equipped to plug the gap in leadership?

Here are three tips for identifying which of your employees is a potential leader.

  1. Potential, not performance

Ability is important in a leader, but it isn’t everything. Just because someone is good at what they do, it doesn’t mean they’re able to show others how to do it. Look beyond employee performance, and consider their willingness to learn and take on new tasks. A leader should always be looking to learn before they lead.

  1. Do they make things happen?

Some people are content to watch from the side-lines, or do as they’re told. Future leaders, on the other hand, will engage in discussion and take action when there’s a decision to be made. If there’s someone in your business who always takes initiative to say or do something, they’re probably made of leadership material.

  1. Look for personal development

The best way to spot potential leaders is to give them the tools to become one. Training and development will help you not just identify who has a natural potential for leadership, but who can develop that natural edge into a significant characteristic. As a business leader, investing in formal training will give you a team who are ready to take the leap into any position that is required of them.

Chew on this:

How have you identified leaders in the past? How well did it work?

Author: Safaraz Ali
My career began in the financial services sector and since 1999, I have been involved in the world of business. I am Head of Pathway Group, which is a workforce development solutions provider. Pathway Group specialise in apprenticeship training and recruitment. I also offer independent strategy, advice, and investment for a wide range of private business sector. These include: social care, education, training, and recruitment.