GUEST POST BY RANDY HALL
In order for any business or organization to get stronger, it needs to continuously develop leaders. The future of the business depends on its ability to either create or recruit leaders who can help it grow, adapt, and succeed.
The leaders in an organization are its future. They are, or will be, tasked with creating the culture, establishing direction, and figuring out how to effectively engage employees to move in that direction.
Leaders are also charged with creating the strategy for developing additional leaders so that the future of the business is secure, not just the present. Many companies have formal leader development programs, some have informal ones, and some, sadly, just hope that leader development happens on its own. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case.
What most businesses have in common though, is that they need to be able to recognize early on who has the potential to lead at a higher level in the company. Otherwise they miss opportunities to help those future leaders grow, develop, and achieve their full potential in order to help the company accomplish all that it can.
Everything about leadership can be taught and learned; however, it makes sense to look for people who are already headed in the right direction and show leadership qualities and traits.
Here Are Some Guidelines to Help You Determine Who Has the Potential to be a Great Leader:
GREAT FUTURE LEADERS MAKE IT ABOUT OTHERS
Businesses get run into the ground pretty quickly by executives who make decisions based on ego, self-interest, or the belief that their “gut” is always right. Even worse is when leaders feel like because they have been charged with leading a business that the business belongs to them and exists to fulfill their needs. Certainly, some businesses are fully owned by an individual and in those cases, there are exceptions to the rules. However, if you lead an enterprise with employees, functions, and teams there comes a point when the business exists for the customers and the employees, and the leaders have to focus on others in order to make the enterprise successful.
I once heard a quote that went something like “Some leaders, when you meet them, make you feel like they are amazing. Great leaders make you feel like you are amazing.” When you find a person who is committed to and focused on helping others learn, grow, and reach their own potential, then you have found someone who can successfully lead at higher levels.