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Identify Leadership Traits

Top traits important for effective leadership include resourcefulness, decisiveness, doing whatever it takes, and, unsurprisingly, leading people. Make a list of the characteristics you want leaders in your company to have, and begin to look for employees who exhibit those traits, remembering that these can take time to develop.

Once you have your list of traits, make a corresponding list of how each quality might manifest. Would you recognize resourcefulness if you saw it? Do you know what to look for to discover decisiveness? Think in concrete terms to make it easier to identify potential candidates.

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Identify Traits That Fit Your Organization

Beyond the usual traits, some traits will better serve your particular company and culture than others. In a high-stakes, high-pressure, fast-paced environment, an aggressive and candid leader might be most effective. In another setting, a calming and feelings-oriented leader might be most effective. Do you need a leader who can persuade, mediate, negotiate, strong arm, inspire, calm, or schmooze? Look to current and past leaders who have done well in your company (and for your company), and come up with a few more traits you wish to identify.

Identify and Develop Your Employees

You can help make the leaders in your company by providing them the tools they need to develop the skills your company needs.

A great way to foster this development is with a Learning Management System like Mindflash. Mindflash is an online learning platform that helps companies create courses to train employees on a variety of information and skills, including leadership skills.

By creating a course with Mindflash’s easy LMS platform, you can help employees tapped for leadership become more confident in the skills they have. Not only are you actively developing future managers and executives of your company, but when employees believe that their employer takes an active interest in their professional development, they’re less likely to leave the company.

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