Nobody knows your business as well as the people who already work in it. So when it comes to finding more leaders to guide the organization, it is practical to search for them inside the company first. You could in fact be the one who makes employees realize that they have the capabilities to lead. In an article for Inc., Matt Doyle shares three tips to locate and grow leaders:
- Allow potential leaders to get their feet wet.
- Be their confidence until they have their own.
- Invest directly in skills you want to refine.
When it comes to leadership and management, throwing someone into the deep end of the pool is not always the best option. It might be preferable for the employee and for the business to let the person gradually build up experience. Doyle gives the example that, on a project where the potential leader has more project-related experience than the actual manager, the potential leader should be allowed to lead the team in various ways. The manager still establishes goals and deliverables, but the potential leader will work alongside the manager to develop further competencies.
When people who have never led before are asked to lead, it might feel daunting, especially for those who may not have a lot of self-confidence. You can however be the boost of confidence that they need:
There are several ways you can do this. First, let them know that you believe in them when they’re handling tough projects. Make sure you mark their successes with positive reinforcement and praise.
Then, when they experience setbacks, help them understand their failures by discussing the failures you experienced when you were just starting out. Let them know that the most important thing is to be constantly moving forward; the only answer to failure is to immediately start working on the solution and not let disappointment affect you.
Once an employee makes a successful transition into leadership, the learning is not over. If it is clear that skill gaps still exist, then invest in developing those skills in the employee. Encourage him or her to read books or attend classes to further develop. Before you know it, the business will have created a powerful new source of guidance out of the employee.
You can view the original article here: https://www.inc.com/young-entrepreneur-council/how-to-coax-leaders-out-of-your-employees.html