How to Find Hidden Leaders in an Organization
Chloe Xu, Australia, Premium Member
Searching for the next generation of business leaders is a challenge for organizations. Development programs that rotate visible high fliers and recruit from the outside are often the main strategies to fill key roles in an organization.
At the same time hidden talents can remain unnoticed within the organizational ranks. Finding them can present great value in terms of human resource practices, because an organization that can tap the resource of these overlooked leaders will be more cost-efficient with its executive succession plan. Also it can diminish potential risks of hiring cultural misfits. On top of that, searching systematically for hidden talents can make talented individuals feel motivated and engaged with the organization.
WHY DO LEADERS STAY HIDDEN?
- Persistent challenges attribute to the large size of organizations, bias in the selection process, and the narrow top-down lens of executives.
- The traditional ’harvesting’