In just over two months from now major league baseball will be conducting the 2014 amateur free-agent first your player draft. It would not be hard to emphasize the importance of selecting the right prospect when it comes to a Major League baseball player. Professional baseball organizations understand the priority of doing their homework when it comes to drafting players.
The same should be said when it comes to leveraging your influence in selecting the right kind of leader. So what is your grid for selecting potential leaders who will carry on the mission of your team or organization? Simply put, what do you look for in a leader? What are some characteristics you feel are a priority when selecting a potential new leader?
I believe it all starts with the heart! There are three essential characteristics that every potential leader must have in order to be an effective leader. Selecting leaders who buy into the mission, follow the model, work the methodology, to start a movement is vital!
To say you are looking for the right heart is one thing, to know what the right heart looks like is something completely different. Using the acronym F. A. T. here are three characteristics of a right heart that you might want to look for when selecting a leader to invest in:
1) Faithful: Faithfulness means you can depend on a person. It means they will be true to their word and can be counted on when you need them most. Faithfulness is one of the most important traits to look for in a leader. If a person does not indicate faithfulness, you do not want to place them in a leadership position on your team.
2) Available: When you look to select a person for leadership, choose a person who is available when you need them. You shouldn’t have to be chasing them down relentlessly. Availability is vital. If that individual is having a hard time being available, they probably are not ready for leadership.
3) Teachable: No one likes or respects a “know it all.” A person who feels that they have all the answers is not a very good candidate for leadership. In fact, they can do real damage to your team or organization. Leverage your influence by looking for individuals who are willing and ready to learn from you. Avoid at all coast an individual who is not teachable and willing to learn.
You could add to the list of heart characteristics, however I think you get the idea. It is not the outward appearance of a person, the most charismatic personality, the smartest or brightest, but it’s the condition of their heart that matters most when selecting the right leader. Leadership development takes time, however it begins with selecting the right person.
Who is it on your team or in your organization that is proving to be Faithful, Available, and Teachable? That person has the potential to be a great leader and worthy of your investment!
What other characteristics do you look for in a potential new leader?