How to Spot and Develop Good Leaders on your Team
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It can get lonely at the top. Everything rests on your shoulders, and there never seems to be enough time. Sound familiar? The answer might be right under your nose—a potential leader among your staff. He or she could make your job easier and free you to focus on growing your small business. Learn how to identify employees who could be good leaders and then develop their talent so they can take on a leadership role in your company.
Employees already know your business. They understand whom you market to and what you have to offer. And they know the inner workings of your business. That's what makes them ideal leadership candidates. Developing them also promotes business continuity so that one day you can leave your legacy to a strong leader.
Leaders come in many sizes and shapes, but they often have similar characteristics. Start with these guidelines to identify employees with leadership potential:
Think you might have a budding leader on your staff? Here are some ideas to help them grow that potential so they can become an even more significant asset to the company:
Leadership can be a shared responsibility—if you find the right person. By recognizing and providing development opportunities, you can expand your leadership bench strength and use it to grow your business.