Who Do You Want to Lead?

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.


Which employees are worth leading? Tips for team selection.

Good to great: choosing the right employees

I talked about picking the right team carefully in my last blog post and one of the aspects I highlighted was making sure that you had a great employee. Wow. That’s a pretty broad statement, isn’t it? I wanted to take a little more time today to talk a little bit more about the type of employee that you want to pick in order to make your leadership as effective as it could possibly be.  

Hard worker

Obviously, this is pretty critical if you’re looking for a great employee. You want someone who’s always going to put in the extra effort to make sure that the project(s) they’re working are done to perfection. 


If there’s a problem, you want to be able to know that your employees are going to tell you about it. A good employee will always be respectful, but will be open and communicative with you and the rest of the team. 

Good initiative

It’s so important for an employee to take your ideas and suggestions and run with them. An employee with a get up and go attitude is hard to find, but a gem when you do discover them. You can trust them to get the work done without the need for too much supervision. 

Listens to feedback

An employee could be communicative, but simply not listen to what others have to say, so it’s really critical that the right hire can listen to any feedback that you have, be it positive or negative, and run with it instead of not listening. 

Positive attitude

The best way to keep everything running smoothly is a good attitude. You’d be amazed what a difference working with a smile makes in the quality of work and how well an employee fits in with the team. Always make sure your employees have a great attitude and know how to have fun as well as work hard.

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