Spotting ‘The’ Leader in Your Workforce

What most businesses focus on is not just the core goals and objectives pertaining to commercial success and long term sustainability but developing such environment in the organization that is conducive to the achievement of these goals. You cannot have a long list of ambitious goals that is being tied to an environment which doesn’t promote the flourishing of equally ambitious leadership from within.

But let’s say your organization supposedly has one of the best working environments; one that promotes innovation, independence and dynamism. In the presence of such positive and energetic vibes that you have so painstakingly filled in your organization, how do you spot a leader who is likely to steer your business way beyond your own expectations? Keep reading to know about few very important qualities you should look for while you dig in your organization to look for leadership from within.

They don’t agree easily

The typically aristocratic organizations often prefer to hire people who agree with whatever the higher authority says. But if you hire people as prospective leaders, you have to leave the comfort zone and look for people who can disagree, without their voice shaking. If you have someone in your current workforce that you believe is quite vocal about their opinions and convictions, while being respectful towards others’ as well, you most likely have a leader in the making right under your nose. One of the most important qualities of a leader is that as much respectful as they are about what others say, they are not afraid to say their thing no matter the kind of opposition they may face. Look around of you have one!

Their confidence doesn’t shake, even in uncertainty

It’s easy to be confident when everything you do is turning out to be the right thing. The real test of someone’s confidence is when something they do turns out wrong. While there should be a distinction between obstinacy and confidence, you can easily spot a leader when they own up to their mistakes and still keeps their confidence intact, taking it as a lesson for the future, not something to lose their poise over. If one of your employees is consistently ready to take up challenging tasks, even having failed in the past; you may be looking at a leader right in front of you.

Very important, they don’t whine

There is a difference between identifying and acknowledging problems and constantly whining about problems. Former reflects a willingness to do something about the problems while the latter only reeks of negativity without the readiness to take up anything that is likely to solve the problem. Having people in your workforce that are constantly on the lookout for solutions that they may be facing and repeatedly try to coordinate with the higher authorities to execute those solutions, it is surefire sign that they can be great leaders for your organization in the future. Having their sights on problems but placing their focus on the solution is what you should look for in your workforce.


April Salsbury, MBA is a strategist, an analyst, an operational guru, a recognized leader and C-suite global healthcare executive with drive and focus for competitive markets. Co-host of The Business Forum Show and regular contributor to various business journals, she possess multi-functional and multi-national competencies with more than 15 years experience in business and healthcare. Her expertise is in invigorating revenue growth and infusing value of lean practices in growing companies through improvements to cash flow and operations management.

Fueling revenue, growth and profit, Salsbury & Co. is a consultancy firm focused on helping businesses and healthcare organizations achieve excellency. Our specialists have executive experience combined with deep functional expertise to provide our clients with services that drive real impact and results.

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