If you have an open position that needs to be filled, it’s often best to look for candidates within your business before placing an ad in search of new candidates. With that being said, who do you decide to promote? How strong of leadership skills are needed to fill the open position? Is it the type of job that requires very little training? How do you know which employees to approach with opportunities of advancement?
Leadership Qualities to Take Notice Of
Some people are comfortable acting like a leader right away. Others have their inner leaders emerge after some time in the workplace. Here are some leadership qualities to be on the lookout for:
- Ability to Delegate
- Excellent Communication Skills
- A Great Sense of Humor
- An Air of Confidence
- Commitment to Your Company, Its Employees, and Its Mission
- A Positive Attitude
- A Creative Approach to Day-to-Day Operations
- Natural Intuition
- The Ability to Inspire Others
Sam Walton, a very successful man who left behind an incredible legacy, said, “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” What are you doing to build your team up? How are you preventing the talent in your workplace from seeking employment elsewhere?
The aforementioned questions will come up when you’re trying to spot a leader in the crowd. The more you believe in, support, and mentor the people that work for you, the better selection of candidates you’ll have to choose from when an opportunity for advancement presents itself. It will only be a matter of time before you’ll need someone to step into a leadership role.
Creating Stronger Leaders in the Workplace
Lao Tzu said, “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”
Not everyone is a born leader, but the people that are stand out significantly. With the right amount of guidance, anyone can learn leadership skills. If your needs are immediate and you don’t have the budget to spend on extensive amounts of training, you’re going to want to find a person that is ready to take charge right away.
One of the ways that you can do just that is to offer ongoing leadership opportunities throughout the year. Give people that are not in a position of power the chance to shine. See what they are capable of doing.
Let them lead a project. Teach them a skill that doesn’t necessarily have to do with the current position that they’re in. Provide guidance and feedback. Then, when the time is right, offer them a promotion if you feel they are ready for additional responsibilities.
Nurture, Prepare, and Listen
By hiring good, strong employees, being clear on your goals, nurturing the talent in the workplace, thinking about future business needs, and listening to your workers’ suggestions and feedback, you can easily bring out the leader within the men and women you chose to hire to work for you. When an opportunity arises, you will know precisely who can help lead you to success and who cannot.