A manager can make or break a team, why leadership skills are so important to managers. But not all managers have leadership skills, as leadership and management are two different things.
Leaders have a unique ability to inspire a vision and motivate others towards it; sometimes to go beyond what’s required of them. Whereas managers focus on tasks and managing work to achieve organizational goals. But when you have someone that can do both effectively, you’re more likely to have engaged, committed, and productive employees.
Often, however, employees get promoted to management because of their technical expertise or meeting their KPIs, not because they’re great at inspiring or working with people, which can lead to all sorts of problems.
So how do you identify employees with leadership potential and then develop them to become your managers of the future? We’ll answer all this and more in this post.
Could your employees of today be your leaders of tomorrow?
There are a number of ways we can identify leadership skills and potential in current employees, to determine who is best suited to future management opportunities. With this knowledge, you can ensure you’re supporting and developing them in the right way.
Employees with strong leadership potential might display the following behaviors:
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.
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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.
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Sometimes, individuals who really desire a leadership role may not display all of these traits right now, but with commitment and the right training, leadership skills can be developed.
Here are some steps you can take to help your people develop leadership skills:
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