8 Traits of High-Potential Future Leaders

talent strategy - high potential future leadersTraining and Development in organizations focuses on maximizing employee abilities to contribute to the organization’s success. “Talent” in organizations is equivalent to the Fountain of Youth and identifying this valuable commodity is the 1st task necessary for a competitive advantage.

The questions that needs to be addressed are:

how do we identify the talent we need before our competitors and how do we contribute to developing that talent in order to improve our organization?

The initial phase of identifying high-potential future leaders is to focus on their competencies and innate abilities during the recruitment phase. The following outlines the 8 special abilities which are the cornerstones of high-potential future leaders and a guide to identifying the necessary characteristics that exist in these talented individuals.

1 – A high-potential is well-rounded with vast ability in their technical concentration and possess above-average knowledge concerning the business processes that occur outside of their area of focus.

2 – High-potentials have a proven track record of exceeding expectations and show a knack for creating innovative solutions to difficult situational problems.

3 – A high-potential will be skilled in personal and professional reflection and possess the ability to generate development from within their position. These individuals thrive on achievement and seek accomplishments.

4 – A high-potential can thrive in any position because they adapt to the role and the situation. High-potentials have a driving need that propels them to find their way to improving through collaboration and teamwork.  Lack of achievement is seen as a waste of valuable time.

5 – A high-potential is consistently looking for errors in their ways and are constantly learning to improve regardless of their success. A valuable trait of high-potentials and what enables them to be successful is a strong ability to accept feedback from their peers and environment. They take the feedback and reinvent a tailor-made approach to the situation that is the optimal procedure for everyone involved which leads to successful outcomes. High-potentials understand that they do not have all the answers, are not superhuman, and are not always able to identify every angle. They depend on others for their honest feedback in order to continuously develop a stronger core.

6 – High-potential future leaders understand the value of their commitment. Their reputation precedes them and a failure to meet a commitment breaks their premium goal of keeping a perfect record of success. Commitments from high-potential future leaders are solid investments.

7 – Teams are the vessels of a high-potential future leader and exhibiting the ability to thrive along with a team rather than as a rogue individual is a sign of personal understanding of limitations and a strong understanding of synergy and social learning received from teams. High-potentials express an innate ability to adapt and communicate within team settings. They produce trusting relationships that increase the team’s productivity and goals which are consistently surpassed.

8 – High-potential future leaders engender a genuine response of respect from others through their commitment to achievement and their commitment to their team. They take on greater amounts of responsibility which increases their perception of leadership, and provides a momentum-gaining, positive feedback-loop of trust, which leads to greater amounts of respect.

High-potential future leaders are continuously seeking personal and professional development and enjoy the demands of ever-increasing career challenges. Their aim for accomplishment is tied to their drive for challenging assignments and they naturally grow into formal leaders who motivate others to follow a similar track of success.


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Keith Lawrence Miller, M.A., PCC, BCC, CPRW

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Keith Miller

Keith Lawrence Miller, Organizational Psychologist, Board Certified Coach (BCC), Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC), with subject matter expertise in executive career & leadership coaching and management consulting supported by a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

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