Did you know the next generation of leadership is already with your company? That’s right. The talent you hire today, even in entry-level positions, can become the leaders of tomorrow. It’s up to you to start the process early so employees are prepared to take on leadership roles. So how can you mold your first-time managers? It takes a combination of determining potential and providing the right resource to develop skills your employees can use in the future. Here are a few things you can do that will ensure a smooth transition.
Establish Mentorship Program
Mentorship programs are a great way to ensure that the knowledge of your company is passed from outgoing employees to the new leadership. By pairing entry-level employees with those who have been in your organization a while, you show that you trust the knowledge your existing employees have to provide that to the next generation of leaders.
Similarly, as management, you can provide coaching to incoming employees. Your entry-level employees want to grow in their careers with your company, so you need to provide the coaching they need to meet their full potential. You can correct the behavior that needs improvement and focus on the positives to encourage and engage them.
Develop Soft Skills
While hard skills, such as specific software, are essential for your positions, soft skills are also critical. These skills include things such as communication, time management, and organization. Cultivate these skills with your newest team members to give them the tools they need to succeed in your company in the future. To find candidates who have the potential to grow in your company, talk to applicants about skills like written and verbal communication and how they manage their time and workspace.
The future of the workplace is collaborative. This is something the Millennial generation brought with them into the workforce, and it’s been effective. Rather than creating competitive environments, encourage your team to work together to solve problems or innovate. These new ideas can lead to the success of everyone on your team.