Leadership Traits and Development of Your Best People

When hiring the talented performers that will set your company apart from competitors, it is important to look for certain leadership traits that can be developed in ways that can strengthen your organization and make it a force to be reckoned with. (Seek potential leaders who share your same goals for company development and mesh with your organization.) Choose those that will become admired leaders that the rest of your employees can look up to.

To begin, think of the etymology of the word, “leader.” A leader is one who inspires or guides others, so begin your search with this thought in mind. It is not complicated. The leaders shine. They have the potential to influence the path your organization takes down the road to success. Their personnel files are the first places to look for evidence of real leadership qualities.

Learn to position leaders within the hierarchy of your organization in positions that are high profile enough to make them more likely to win the hearts and minds of their fellow employees. Don’t isolate them in offices behind closed doors. One-on-one interaction with their subordinates is imperative. This is a proven method that can lead to the kind of better efficiency that goes hand-in-hand with employee happiness and satisfaction.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming your top company talent is flawless. There is always room for improvement everywhere along the ladder of success, even with your own position.

Learn to identify the specific deficiencies in the skill sets of your leaders, the ones that are preventing your company from achieving the majority of its desired goals. Work with them to overcome these obstacles. Offer continuing education seminars throughout the year and provide rewards and incentives for completing them. The true leader possesses an eagerness to do a job well and will be conducive to picking up new tools with which to perform their roles. People who possess real leadership traits will welcome constructive criticism and utilize their newfound improvements to further your company’s development.

Most important of all, is to make certain that the key players in your company or organization have clear-cut understandings of your company goals and model. Their talent will not matter much if they are unwittingly headed in the wrong direction. It can be a fatal error to not openly share your plans for company development. After that, watch them take the ball and run with it.

Take a couple of minutes and think about someone you feel is a great leader of a company. Now ask yourself:

  1. What are the top 3 characteristics or traits you admire most?
  2. Do you (or your people) possess these characteristics?
  3. What would happen to your company if everyone possessed some or all of these traits & characteristics?
  4. Should you start developing these qualities within your staff… today?


Source: Written by Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected.

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