Five Factors In Identifying Future Leadership Talent

I asked executives in a webinar to address what factors they consider when they identify leadership talent—and what they look for when predicting the future success of leadership talent.

Five factors rated highest in order of response frequency:

1. Strong track record of performance. Proven results; success in past/current roles—both how they perform individually and compared to their peers.

2. Strong interpersonal skills. Excel in the soft people skills, including “How do they work with people to get the work done and achieve results?”


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3. Strong communication skills. Excellent verbal and written communication and “Clear, concise communication at all levels” are emphasized repeatedly.

4. Shows drive/initiative/ ambition to increase responsibility, move-up or around, and accepts new challenges. Described as “hungry” individuals who are “self-driven” and “always thinking of a better mousetrap.”

5. Creates and articulates a company vision and strategy. Sets direction. Executes on objectives. Understands the total business. Has a vision, shares the vision, executes it, and gets others to buy into it.”

Of course, identifying high-potential leaders is just the starting point.

Jim Woods professional speaker provides keynotes and training on leadership, customer service and strategy, He has helped leaders grow their organizations for more than 25 years. To arrange for Jim to peak at your event contact him here.  

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Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website

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One comment on “Five Factors In Identifying Future Leadership Talent
  1. […] future leaders are probably growing within your organization right now. They’re the employees who show the most […]


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