Through the process of working with and coaching all levels of leaders, I’ve discovered some consistencies in qualities that distinguish those who are high potential and emerging talent.
These are not only the qualities I actually see in these individuals, but also the qualities senior leaders speak of when they look for new leaders. These are the traits that make others say, “I’d love to have him or her on my team” and, “I’d love to work for him or her.” So, what qualities actually make others say these things?
Qualities Of An Emerging Leader
First, these emerging high potential leaders have an extremely calm demeanor and exude quiet confidence when they speak. They are not boastful but extremely confident in their abilities.They know what they want to do with their careers and are confident they will reach their goals.The energy they convey is calming.They are flexible, go with the flow yet, are not afraid to make a decision and take a risk to better themselves, their team, and their company.
What makes these leaders stand out as truly “high potential” is that these traits are not often seen in young leaders but more frequently come out as leaders grow and advance. Having these traits at such an early career stage demonstrates they will only enhance, as these leaders get further in their careers.
These individuals plan for their development. They take initiative to further educate themselves, work on their personal brands, and build their networks, while, at the same time, exceeding expectations in their jobs. Who wouldn’t want someone like that on his or her team?
In addition, these leaders have a clear leadership style that promotes collaboration and stewardship; that is, through leading, they want to bring out the best in others. They wants to work in partnership with others and provide them with opportunities to grow, advance, and do the best they can.
The last common characteristic of these high potential emerging leaders is their ability to articulate their values, beliefs, and expectations. Not only can they articulate this but they also take action that is a reflection of exactly what they value, believe, and expect.
So, who wouldn’t want to work for someone like that or have someone like that on his or her team? If you aspire to be a high potential emerging leader, these are the qualities you want to emulate. They will get you recognized and most definitely set you apart from the crowd.
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