Mar 30, 201511:39 AMThe Bottom Line
with contributors from Associated Bank
5 tips for developing effective leaders
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4. Developing others
The best leaders know when their employees need more development and can ensure that those developmental opportunities are successful. Developing others involves cultivating employees’ talents and motivating them to channel their talents toward productivity.
5. Developing themselves
Finally, effective leaders are aware of their own personal development. In order to successfully develop and lead others, leaders must seek improvement in themselves. Leaders who are willing to continue to grow and learn and use their natural talents to the best of their ability will be able to encourage the same behavior in employees.
Discover leadership traits in your people
Effective leaders share several key characteristics in common, but they’re not easily identified by simply looking at a résumé or conducting an interview. This is why it’s a good idea to leverage additional screening or profile tools when attempting to find the best leader for your team. Whether they are recruiting externally or internally, organizations need to recognize the traits associated with effective leadership and then recruit or promote potential leaders based on those common traits, which have been proven to support success.
The highest-achieving employees do not always make the most effective leaders, but individuals who naturally exude these five attributes may be a more prudent investment.
Ragan Cheney is vice president, senior HR consultant at Associated Financial Group.
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