Promoting any team member to their first management role is often regarded as the peak of recognition, but leadership isn’t a responsibility that should just be freely bestowed to anyone capable of reaching their KPIs. Employees with real management potential can not only achieve their own goals but also inspire others to do the same, even when it’s not required of them. It is important that organisations have processes to carefully identify and nurture this leadership potential when it is displayed.
There are a number of ways we can identify leadership potential within current employees, to determine who is best suited to future management opportunities. Employees with strong leadership potential may display the following behaviours:
Employees who go out of their way to guide team members when it is not required of them have a genuine interest in helping others succeed.
Leaders must be able to give their team direction, so being able to set valuable goals and achieve them consistently is an important skill for future leaders to have.
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Individuals who can work with limited resources or under tight deadlines will have the best chance of guiding their team confidently through any obstacles that arise. Leaders who are able to overcome challenging situations inspire confidence in teams and ensure the best outcomes can be reached in any circumstances.
While unfaltering consistency and reliability is not essential for every single role, it is absolutely essential for those managing a team. Employees who are organised and predictable in their work habits will typically have the best chance of keeping their team on track and ensuring organisational objectives are achieved.
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Finally, natural leaders are always sharing vital information with their team and know how to communicate effectively with different people. They know how to listen, show empathy and can provide honest feedback when needed.
Some employees may not want to become managers, and that’s okay. Reasons for this could include:
Not everyone desires a leadership role, but for those who do want to pursue a leadership role, there are ways we can identify existing leadership skills and develop further skills in the right people.
Sometimes, individuals who really desire a leadership role may not display all of these traits right now, but with commitment and the right training, many of these skills can be developed.
Here are some steps you can take to help your people develop leadership skills:
Learn more about the skills leaders need in today’s workplace, with our next post – What skills do leaders need today?