5 Ways to discover a (future) leader

Not all people have the opportunity to become leaders. The next time you will find yourself in a meeting, watch for the five criteria / elements listed below and discover the leading figure among you. As a leader yourself, one of your key roles is to identify and develop potential future leaders.

leadershipAlways the most apocalyptic environment in which to assess the potential of a leader is that of business meetings. As much as these meetings may be conventional, boring or too “strict”, have all the features in order to show through contrasting dynamics those who can become leaders.


Here are some of the most obvious criteria / elements:

  1. Developing relationships (Monitors vs People)
    The Managers are usually facing screens, presentations, data and statistics. On the contrary, leaders look at people and create relationships with them. If you want to stand out, pull yourself from the screen / smartphone / notes and look at those present in front of you and understand their body language and movements. They will probably do the same for you.
  2. Failure
    Yes, it went well. / Yes, it was wrong. – Is acceptable!
    Yes, blame X for this error. / Oh my God …. And now what happens? – Is not acceptable!
    A leader does not lament, nor blame. Accepts the situation and moves quickly to the next steps.
  3. Communication and verbal presentation
    “Can you please dedicate me some of your time?” – is acceptable!
    “Look at me!” – Is not acceptable!
    Do not be surprised if your are being bypassed in leadership positions coverage cases because of your communication skills, body language or even because of your eccentric Those who are already in high standing positions know well the characteristics of the leader and looking for those when is time to choose.
  4. Discipline
    A leader will think: “You are just 10 minutes at the meeting and you are already nervously wiggling your foot and show how you are uncomfortable – how can I entrust your as leader with tones of responsibilities, requiring calm and discipline at the same time?”. The same (negative) effect you get when you bite your nails, constantly changing position / posture and generally when your body language shows confusion and These are feelings which are transmitted to the other attendees and are of particular importance when the subordinates have this as an example of their superiors – let alone their leaders. True leaders are very focused, dedicated and a lot of things are invested in them, so there is no actual time to be agitated, nervous, bored or indifferent.
  5. Concentration & focus
    Most people can start a whole day full of tasks, meetings and obligations and still be vigilant. The indication of the necessary leadership material we are searching for is the degree to which someone is committed and vigilant about 3:30 in the afternoon, where – based on studies – the load of carbohydrates in the body drops and gradually comes fatigue and drowsiness.

Assuming, then, that the topic for which you have invited to the meeting is important, think: what is your level of communication, are you disciplined enough, how is your communication and verbal presentation? How focused are you in order to go through the day?