All too often, we see people promoted to be bosses or supervisors without them actually being good “leaders.” If we are to see this trend go the other direction, we must invest time and resources into our employees to give them the best chances of proving their leadership skills. It all starts with offering challenges to those who show potential and giving them opportunities to work with other departments and gain educational experience. Only by putting potential leadership candidates through testing scenarios and offering them these tools can we hope to raise great leaders in the future.
- Giving a challenging project or problem to someone with leadership potential is an ideal way to start the ball rolling for his or her development.
- Mentors can share experience, skills, knowledge, a listening ear, suggestions and resources with potential leaders.
- Strong leaders who understand their strengths and weaknesses can map out strategies to improve and grow.
“An essential part of developing strong leaders is to offer them the opportunity to participate in a 360-degree employee feedback program.”