When selecting a new hire, it can be easier to hire an internal candidate since the person will know the organization, and the transition can be easier since other team members have already built a relationship with them.

But how do you make sure that you’re identifying someone with leadership potential?

The following are a few pointers to help you identify potential leaders:

Look for Potential, Not Just Performance

Finding the right person can be hard because we often confuse job performance with leadership potential. Keep in mind that an employee who outperforms others is not necessarily a good leader. Of course, a strong performer can also be a leader, but if they don’t have the desire to grow, then they might not be the right person for the job.

An Engaged Employee

One key to identifying potential leaders is your ability to gauge engagement. A potential leader needs to be invested in the organization and the organization’s mission as much as their personal desire to succeed. Finding a leader with an honest passion for your company will move you forward. You want an employee who tries to make improvements whenever possible and is always looking to inspire.

Decisiveness is Important

There’s nothing wrong with a person who does not take action and simply lets events unfold, but this is not the person you want leading your organization or parts of it. Instead, look for a person who can take command or take the wheel when necessary. Look for a person who gets things moving rather than those who just stand idle while others take command.

Transparency and Intuition

It might not be the first thing you think about, but a leader is not afraid to own up to their mistakes. The right person for the job is guided by their inner compass, which also helps them feel accountable for their actions. A person who does not fess up to a mistake because it is going to make them look bad is probably not a good leader. You want someone who is ready to be transparent about his or her actions, even if they are the wrong ones at times.

The Power to Get Stuff Done

Leaders have a lot to do during the day, from managing staff to all the little tasks, so it goes without saying that a leader needs to be able to get a lot done. Now, this does not mean that you have to find someone who juggles a lot of things at once but rather someone who understands their limits when juggling projects and completes what they start.

Strong Communication Skills

Potential leaders have to be able to communicate in a way that both earns attention and is also empathetic. Employees do not want a snippy boss but rather someone that respects them as individuals and values their work. You want to find a potential leader who is a team player and leader.

Hopefully, these pointers show you how to identify potential leaders in your organization. Be sure to consider everyone because you never know who is a diamond in the rough. And, if you think you have a leader who could be just what your organization needs, but they need support transitioning into their new role, I encourage you to check out our leadership coaching page or apply for a free discovery session so we can talk more. All the best to you!


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