Are leaders made, born, or both? Nature or nurture? It's a tough nut to crack but one thing we're sure of is that potential leaders start in the ranks just like everyone else and eventually rise up. They're seen, observed, and chosen. But, how?
One of the key functions of being a leader is to identify future leaders and grow them into the visionaries they can be. Future leaders are a valuable part of a company's arsenal and it makes sense that leaders invest not only in people who can replace them, but people who can be better than them.
How do you spot that future manager? If you're at a loss, here are some personality types that can be considered leadership material? The Fast Company’s Gwen Moran, gives a scouting report on seven types that are fit to lead and take under your wing:
These are the employees valued for their advice and insight. They are usually smart ones, show positive people skills, and do not let selfish agenda or ego prevent them from helping. This open mindset garners respect from the people they work with.
Is there someone at your workplace who is solution-centered, has a “I can and I will” attitude, and never makes excuses? That's the fixer type for you. When adversity hits, the fixer can start rattling off ways to solve the problem. Showing commitment and a bright disposition, especially when times are tough, is an important trait for a leader.
Rallying individuals for a common endeavor or objective is second nature for these motivators. Some motivator types have shown their talent in inspiring fellow workers very early in their career. Their strong interest in developing others to their full potential makes them great leaders.
It is said that leadership is not just about spewing orders or mandates, but more importantly, taking and making the time to listen intently to your stakeholders to get a good and accurate gauge of the situation at hand. But it does not end there. Viable leadership candidates then use the knowledge derived to address company issues.
Forget being a jack-of-all-trades person. Leaders must have a clear idea of their strong suits and always look to improve their skill set further. Is there a skill that can be your drawing card, that you can hang your hat on to?
Being coachable is an attractive quality. These people take stock of what they need to improve on or what they lack in expertise and proceed to search for mentors and teachers to propel them to their next level.
The best leadership prospects have their eyes fixed on matters and action steps that are essential for the company’s growth in the long run. They also seek to minimize factors that would hinder success in their endeavors.
Which type describes you best? Which types describe the people who work under you?
Ultimately, the findings show that each of us have what it takes to become a leader, and that our unique gifts are there to give value and fulfill the needs of a larger community.
Leaders, good luck and have a rewarding time finding people who can add to your company's leadership pool.
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