6 Tips to Encourage Top Talent to Apply for Leadership Roles

Due to a combination of aging of baby boomers in leadership roles and the rebounding economy, there has never been a greater call for new leaders who are prepared to step forward.

Locating these new managers might be challenging. A 2012 Deloitte study revealed 56 percent of company executives predict a lack of executive leadership. Due to this imminent deficiency, up to 64 percent of businesses are now accelerating their leadership development programs while 44 percent are investing more on executive schooling.

All this means is there are opportunities for those who have the right mindset to grow their leadership skills and hone a leadership style that drives them to reach their professional goals. Companies who want to grow leaders from within need to encourage a particular set of skills within their workforce.

Interpersonal skills

People skills, sometimes referred to as Emotional Intelligence, are the ability to recognize, examine, and manage your feelings, with the goal of cultivating specific positive feelings in others. “EI” performs a role in just about anything, from how you adjust to change to how you handle dynamics within a group.

There are a range of ways you can encourage better people skills in your workforce, like classes on how to manage stress or team-building exercises that encourage strong connections among your workforce.

Strategic vision

The best leaders have honed their capabilites to source and apply feedback to support a company’s general business strategy. Those observations can come from customers, workers, and other stakeholders. While this information is important, the strategy it drives has more value when developed and implemented in a collaborative way.

Encourage employees at all levels of your organization to offer their own ideas, and get feedback from those outside the company that can then be shared internally.


It’s critical for leaders to produce an environment that fosters creative thinking. This takes an understanding of which routines and methods spark imagination. Leaders also need to support progression of big ideas and understand how to turn ideas into reality.

Many professional organizations offer classes and seminars for cultivating an innovative environment.

Putting customers first

Emerging leaders should know what is important to customers, as well as how to produce and deliver value from a customer’s point of view. Happy customers are a company’s strongest advocates, and the capability to take advantage of that power will drive your success and the success of your business.

Make sure your employees know how customers see your company and how their job contributes to that perception.

Active listening

While being able to speak and write coherently is an important part of effective communication, it is also important to be able to actively listen. This means not only understanding what someone is saying, but also the reason they are saying it.

Active listening is a cultural value that starts at the highest levels of an organization. If you want your future leaders to be good listeners, you need to listen to them right now.

Accepting responsibility

Leaders need the trust of those that follow them, and an effective way to earn that trust is to take responsibility when things don’t go according to plan. Just like active listening, taking responsibility is another cultural value that must start at the top.

At Labor Temps, we specialize in sourcing the leaders of tomorrow for our client companies. If you are currently in need of new managerial talent, please contact us today.