5 Ways to Identify & Hire Better Leaders

Your staff can be only as effective as the leaders you bring into your organization. A poor leader can cost your company substantially; not only will you waste time and money, but you’ll also be putting your team’s morale on the line. If you’re ready to hire a new manager or supervisor, it’s important you consider several factors that will boost your chances of success at finding better leaders.

Insist on technological fluency

Remember that today’s customers and your employees are craving interactions with those who are technologically competent. There might be nothing as frustrating as dealing with a supervisor who doesn’t understand the basics of using the relevant software systems and internet applications. Being tech-savvy makes your managers better leaders.

Use social media to your advantage

When you’re looking for better leaders, understand that they are not only web-savvy, but they also know how to use various platforms to network and collaborate. Consider checking discussions at LinkedIn, or looking at whether your candidates are following industry leaders on sites such as Twitter or Google+. The degree to which they are connected to their work can help you identify if they are a better leader.

Be forgiving of a choppy work history

Movers and shakers move on when they realize an opportunity isn’t going to help them reach their end goals. If one of your top candidates had a few short-term positions, particularly early on in their career, consider overlooking it. On the other hand, if quitting after a few months seems to be a pattern, keep looking. Better leaders know that change and positive employee relations take time, and you don’t want your company to be just another blurb on a resume in a year’s time.

Consider the candidate’s personality

You could find the most effective leader in your area, but if he/she doesn’t mesh well with your current team, it will be for nothing. Search high and low for a better leader, who has the correct personality for your workplace. Think about the work culture in your office, and explain it as thoroughly as possible to your potential new hire – perhaps get the perspective of a senior staff member, too. Finally, consider using a personality test to weed out applicants who might not make the cut.

Go with your gut

As a business owner, you know your company better than anyone. If you have a nagging feeling that the candidate who looks best on paper is not the right person for the job, then honor it. Similarly, don’t be afraid to give someone a chance if your gut is telling you to go for it, even if the candidate’s resume isn’t the best of the bunch. Choosing better leadership for your company can be an arduous endeavor, but it will be worth it in the end.

Chris Craddock

As the leader of Projections' production team, Chris loves to inspire others to perform at the highest levels! From the most challenging leadership opportunities to brainstorming the latest topics leaders want to learn about, Chris provides clear direction and vision.