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6 Skills To Look Out For When Hiring A Leader

Regardless of the size of your organisation or the type of business you are involved in, the quality of your leadership determines how well your company performs. Effective leaders know how to lead their organisations to greatness by empowering their teams. This means that good leaders can help a company find lasting success.

Unfortunately, effective leaders are not always easy to spot and sometimes recruiters can place people who are not fit in leadership positions. To help you avoid this pitfall when hiring leaders, we have put together a list of 6 important traits that you should look for when hiring a leader:

1. The business environment is very dynamic which means sticking with the same strategies won’t bring long-term growth. Leaders, therefore, need to be able to create strategic plans that will help the company keep growing regardless of future changes in the industry or market. Make sure the leaders you are considering bringing into your business can confidently answer questions regarding the future direction of the business and can point to something they did previously to help improve the prospects of a past employer with proactive changes to technique or technology. A candidate for a leadership position should at least provide a rudimentary plan that can help your company move in a positive direction.


2. This is a key skill critical to any position, and more so for leaders who without the ability to explain themselves effectively won’t be able to carry out their duties. Leaders of all levels will continuously be required to communicate numerous messages – such as their vision, plans, feelings and opinions – with different groups including clients, superiors, subordinates and peers. This requires frequent “code-switching” as every situation will require a different communication technique.
Luckily, poor communication skills are pretty easy to identify during the application process. Tell-tale signs of this include poorly written cover letters, poor delivery of answers during the interview and other communication failures.


3. An effective leader needs to be good at influencing others to do what is required of them. They need to convince others – juniors, peers and superiors alike – to follow their instructions. Leaders who cannot do this will have a problem effecting meaningful change in the organisation. Having influence takes more than speaking well; it’s about claiming authority and projecting confidence. For a leader to be able to influence a team, they must be a cultural fit with your workforce. This way they can match their influencing techniques with the people around them.

Originally posted 2017-06-12 20:52:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter