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Hiring Leaders: The 5 Must-Haves

Posted by James Patrick Kahler on October 8, 2014

Great leadership has always been crucial for success. Without George Washington, there may have never been an American victory in the Revolutionary War. Without Steve Jobs, there would have never been Apple. And without TMZ, we’d never be able to stick our noses into the personal lives of celebrities! happy-employee-200x233

Every business relies on leadership. Whether it comes from a single person or a group of people, having a clear path to follow allows a company’s employees to be inspired and thrive in a positive environment. However, contrary to paying taxes, leadership doesn’t always last forever.

Leadership comes and goes. If you’re looking to replace a management role or simply searching for someone to help lead your team and revitalize your business, it’s important to hire the right person. The following are five essential things to take into consideration before hiring a sound leader.

1.) Timing

Make sure it’s the right time to hire; and this can go both ways. First, think about the employers you already have—can anyone fill your leadership position? If not, then think about the people you are interviewing—is this the right time for them to step in and take over a management position? Are they ready to take on everything that’s required to succeed for this role? If both parties are on the same track, then you’re good to go!

2.) Proper Background

Carefully review each candidate’s resume to see where he or she is coming from, what they have accomplished and what kind of career path they’ve chosen. It only makes sense to hire someone who understands your industry and has proven that he or she has succeeded in similar environments.

3.) Right Qualities

This may seem like a no brainer, but one of the most important traits of any leader is personality. Think about what kind of qualities you're looking for in this leadership position. There are dozens of traits that can define great leadership, however it’s up to you to decide what kind of leader you want working for your company. Think about which personality traits will be needed the most to help your business flourish and help the other employees to succeed as well. 8434934_s

4.) Work/Life Balance

Another thing to take into consideration while interviewing potential candidates is balance. Does the candidate believe in a good work/life balance? Sure, it’s great to employ people who work their tails off, but at the end of the day, it’s still a job. If your employee isn’t happy at home, how do you expect he or she to succeed in the office? Those who have a steady life, inside and outside of the office, usually perform well at work.

5.) Vision

Without a vision or goal in mind, it’s hard to lead others. Don’t forget to ask what your candidate’s vision for company success is, whether it’s for your own company or one from their former employer. Understanding your candidate’s vision can also help you gain a better sense of what may lie ahead for your company, as well as what kind of leader he or she may be. 

These are only five things to consider while hiring someone for a leadership position. There may be several other things that may affect a person’s way of managing a team. However, if he or she meets the qualifications formally mentioned, then you can assure yourself that this is likely someone who can help you manage a winning team.

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James Patrick Kahler

About the Author

James Patrick Kahler is Hireology’s Copywriter & Content Specialist. He is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and has over four years of professional experience writing for various industries. Outside of the office (and sometimes inside), he has a passion for comedy, advertising and his Cleveland sports teams…all of them.