How to Spot IT Talent with Leadership Potential

As IT takes on a larger and larger role in business, it becomes more critical to acquire talent with the skills to accomplish their core tasks and the vision to lead your company to future greatness. How can you ensure you hire for success when looking for tech leaders?

Identify Current Successes

What are the traits of your current leaders? Can those qualities be replicated in your new hires? Hire for current capabilities and skills but include interview questions that will reveal similarities to your current leadership team to plan for future development.

Assess Interest

Does the prospect have an interest in taking on a leadership role? All the training and mentoring in the world won’t help if he would rather remain an individual contributor. Decide before you begin the recruitment process what trade-offs you may be willing to make in filling current and future roles.

Determine What You Need

What is most important to you? Innovation? Growth? Choose potential leaders whose values match your own for maximum effectiveness. There is a substantial difference between a leader who can execute on an existing plan and one with the vision to develop their own.

Analyze Costs

How early in the employee’s career do you want to begin grooming them for leadership? How quickly must they be up to speed? Is it worth the expense to bring in more seasoned talent or would you rather build your leadership team from the ground up?

Provide Training for Development

Potential is not enough, you must nurture that potential to get the most out of people. Create a mentorship program that helps young talent by pairing them with seasoned vets who know the ropes. Offer training in-house or reimburse tuition for classes or programs of study.

Team Up With a Recruiter

Recruiters who specialize in IT placements will be especially adept at spotting those with leadership potential. Screening and interviewing hundreds or thousands of candidates over the years give them unique insights that you can leverage in your own efforts.

To learn more about identifying leadership ability, call the Kansas City staffing and recruiting experts at Morgan Hunter. We can identify and attract candidates with the skills, experience and attitude you expect for your future leader. Call today to get started!