Look for Leadership Problems

by | Aug 20, 2019

by Ben Hess, Managing Director, ThirdPool Recruiting

You’ve probably heard the old saying: People don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.

It’s true. More than 50% of employees report leaving a job to get away from their managers.

Why? Because individuals are attracted and loyal to effective leaders, and they are repelled by ineffective ones.

According to recent research published by LinkedIn, effective leaders have the following characteristics: delegate effectively, manage their time well, listen carefully, focus on solutions, and share the credit.

Ineffective leaders tend to micromanage, constantly multitask, control the conversation, jump to blame, and criticize before they praise.

When prospecting and screening for new recruiting leads, look for situations where ineffective leadership is on display. These are the prospects who are most likely to leave their companies.

Stay away from the organizations who have great leaders. Your chances of dislodging someone in one of these companies is low.

When interviewing, always ask your candidates about their current manager. Focus your effort on those who express the most pain and frustration.

Remember, doctors are most effective when they’re around sick people.

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