How can organizations predict who will become a successful future leader? After all, simply measuring a person’s current job performance is a bedeviling undertaking. And none of us have the ability to see into the future. The best bet? Look for the strong rudders that steer leaders steadily through uncertain, unpredictable, and changing situations.
One thing is certain: the skills, experiences, traits, and drivers that correlate with success in senior executives are different from those for middle-management or entry-level roles. These leadership attributes do not simply spring into existence when a person is promoted into leadership; they manifest and grow over the course of a career. So how early can it be discerned who has what it takes to lead at the highest levels?