Thursday, March 10, 2016

How Can You Tell When Someone is Leading?


One indicator of whether or not someone who is in charge by way of holding a big title is a leader or not is to look at the turnover beneath them.

If people are leaving the person who is in charge and they are leaving for a lateral move, chances are pretty strong that the person in charge is not a leader. 

If people are leaving the person who is in charge and they are taking a step forward in their career, there’s a good chance that they’ve been mentored and developed.  There’s a good chance that they might have been working for a leader.

When you interview, find out why the position you’re interviewing for is open.  

If the position you are interviewing for is open and you find out that the person who left moved on to a similar role in a different company, chances are pretty strong that they left a bad manager. People quit bad management more often than they quit companies.

If you are interviewing for a position that is open because someone was promoted or they left the company for a bigger role elsewhere, you might be looking at a position that is worth taking.

Great leaders are few and far between.  If you really want to work for a talented leader who will mentor and grow you as a person and a professional, you may have to interview more than you would like to in order to track down such a person.



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