Some employees may be more suited to advancing to a managerial role than others. So how do you decide which employee has the right qualities for such a role? What are the qualities that point to a future leader?
1. Future leaders know their trade.
Employees who exhibit expertise and a strong desire to continue learning may have management potential. Knowledge, whether technical or institutional, is a great asset to any organisation. What is more, these employees understand that their activities and expertise contribute to the success of the business.
2. Future leaders are respected by co-workers.
If the bosses aren't the only ones who talk well of an employee, this employee could be a future leader. Employees who are known and respected by other employees can be a good choice for a managerial role because they are trusted by everyone in the company.
3. Future leaders show ambition.
Future leaders demonstrate a clear focus when it comes to their career. Ambition can be recognised by looking at an employee's past achievements and chosen career path. Career choices that reflect the taking on of new responsibilities, the ability to generate success, and the willingness to learn new skills all point to a potential leader.
4. Future leaders work well with others.
Being able to work well with other employees is just as important as harbouring an ambition to get ahead of the pack. A correct social attitude consists of more than just friendliness. Team work requires a pragmatic and tactical approach if it is to lead to better decision making.
5. Future leaders have guts.
No matter how many assessments or analyses they perform, future leaders realise that every business decision involves a degree of risk. Leaders have the courage to take occasionally risks, even if it the results may not turn out as expected. Employees who demonstrate the ability to take intelligent risks, based on their own judgement of a situation, may well be just what your company needs to reach new heights.
Not one of these qualities is more important than the others. In fact, a good leader needs to possess all these qualities in equal measures. So if you have an employee that fits this bill, you may have found your newest manager.
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