Identify Your Firm’s Future Leaders

Leaders are increasingly being asked to identify the emerging leaders in their organizations.

To help in this process, we recently examined 360-degree performance appraisal data on more than 120 emerging leaders from 18 North American companies to see what leadership competencies ranked as important in selecting internal associates for leadership roles.

Here are the top five competencies for emerging leaders:

1. Effective at collaboration.

  • Assist others in the completion of their tasks to support the team goals.
  • Build and maintain cooperative work relationships with others.
  • Listen to and value the input of others.
  • Effectively collaborate in meetings and in informal interactions.

2. Deliver consistent and collective results.

  • Work on the right tasks by ensuring they know their top deliverables and those of the team.
  • Finish what they start.
  • Assume personal responsibility for achieving outcomes under their purview.
  • Actively lend their support to others to help ensure team success.

3. Manage their and others’ time.

  • Use technology to effectively track and steer their work and that of the team.
  • Develop contingency plans in anticipation of possible problems and adverse consequences.

4. Effective in relationship management.

  • Make the effort to understand and meet the needs of others.
  • Personalize work relationships to facilitate productive and collaborative work settings.

5. Active meeting contributors.

  • Prepare beforehand, reviewing the agenda and selecting in advance where they will make a contribution to the agenda.
  • Listen openly to the ideas of others and give feedback in a constructive way.
  • Volunteer and accept action items resulting from the outcome of the meeting.

Source: AICPA CPA Insider http://www.CPA2biz.com.. The following includes excerpts, reproduced with permission, from an article by Robert Denker, Ph.D.

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