Tuesday, 13 August 2013

How to to Spot a Potential Leader, 5 little tips

Being a Leader means going first, taking a risk, taking action before others take action. No initiative equals no leadership.
Not everyone has what it takes.
The truth is, a potential leader is easy to spot… the sad truth is that there aren’t many of them. Since there aren’t a lot of potential leaders in any organization, you need to be constantly on the look-out for five very reliable indicators
Next time you’re sitting in a meeting, look for these five obvious signs of a great leader.
1. Engagement (Screens vs. People)
Managers look at screens; leaders engage with people. If you want to be taken seriously as a leader, put the screens away when you’re in a meeting. Look at the people in the room, not at your laptop. Talk to them. Focus on them, not at your handheld or your smartphone.
2. Failure
Yes, it went wrong. Yes, it was Jane’s fault. Leaders don’t whine–they let it go.
3. Affectation
“Check me out.” is fine; “LOOK AT ME!!!” is not.
If you choose to call attention to yourself by the use over-studied body language, convoluted verbal gymnastics or outrageous clothing, don’t be surprised to find you’re consistently overlooked for leadership positions. Those already in leadership positions know that if you’re that insecure, leadership will chew you up and spit you out.
4. Composure
It’s only 11 minutes into this meeting and you’re jiggling your leg under the table like you need a fix of something, and you want me to trust you in a leader position? I don’t think so.
If you’re gnawing at your nails like armageddon is approaching, chomping through every candy at the table like it’s your last, or tearing the label off your water bottle like you’re disarming an explosive device then I’m not 100% sure I want to hand you the delicate controls of my business.
True leaders are too intensely focussed to get agitated, too engaged to be nervous, and too invested to be bored.
5. Focus
Most people can start an all-day meeting engaged and alert. The indication that you might be leadership material is the degree to which you’re engaged and alert at 3:37 in the afternoon, when the carb load of lunchtime and the dreaded perusal of a multi-tabbed spreadsheet combine to narcoleptic effect.
Assuming the subject is important, how focussed and creative are you when things get squirelly at the end of the day?
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Remember these tips next time you’re sitting in a meeting, look for these five obvious signs of a Potential Leader.

How to to Spot a Potential Leader, 5 little tips

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