Ideally, you want every member of your Tucson team to be a potential leader. Leaders are innovative, they work with the needs of the team in mind, and they are committed to meeting the goals of the team and the business, rather than simply pursuing their own personal gain.
You can also invest in Tucson corporate team building exercises to promote those leadership qualities in the team members who don’t have them. However, you can save time and money by looking for leaders when you are hiring team members.
Evaluate their Interactions
The worst managers are narcissistic, which means that they are vane and selfish. Their narcissism also impairs their social skills — primarily because they are only interested in what people can do for them. Narcissistic managers care only about how their employees can help them look good so they can advance.
No one is going to cop to be narcissistic during a job interview. In fact, most narcissistic people don’t think that they are narcissistic. However, you can glean some of these qualities by evaluating an applicant’s interactions during the interview. Look at the way the person interacts with everyone from the secretary to the boss. Make sure these interactions seem friendly and genuine.
Ask About Past Project Management
Great leaders involve their team members in the decision making process — they don’t just explain why things need to happen and they certainly don’t just bark orders and expect mindless compliance. They not only encourage but expect active participation and buy in from the employees, including contributing their ideas, questioning the status quo, and taking responsibility for some project decisions.
You will need to ask applicants about their past project management to find out if they share this philosophy of what it means to be a good manager. You may have to ask probing questions to get to the heart of their leadership style, but be careful not to show your hand and essentially tell them what kind of answer you are hoping to get by asking leading questions.
When you check references, you can ask more specific questions about the applicant’s leadership style. You want to be sure that their leadership philosophy matches yours so you know that they will be a valuable addition to the team.
Ask About Leadership Philosophy
Natural leaders don’t need to have leadership experience, but they should have a leadership philosophy. And that philosophy should show that they understand that there is a direct correlation between the engagement of the team and the success of the company.
Leaders must be aware of their affect on the team and must work toward building trust in order to make team members feel engaged. They also have to recognize the needs of the team and its individual members and work toward meeting those needs.
During the interview process, ask applicants directly about their leadership philosophy and ways that they have had a chance to implement it. Look for signs that they share this leadership philosophy, such as when they describe empowering employees with decision-making capabilities or describing how they organized or motivated a team to meet a goal. If such examples are not available in the applicant’s history, you can provide your own hypothetical scenarios and ask the applicant how they would handle it.
You don’t have to be hiring for a leadership position to look for leaders for your Tucson team. Hiring leaders will benefit your whole team and make your company more successful.
Direct Effect Team Building can help bring your team together and inspire them to be their best with our affordable Arizona corporate team building exercises and retreats. Our corporate team building is designed to build trust amongst your team members, improve communication, and promote a sense of shared values. Team members will feel motivated and empowered after attending one of our team building events, and they will have the tools to work together more effectively. Not only will individual employees better enjoy their work, but the workplace environment will also be improved.
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