There is nothing more important for the long-term success of your team, department and company than identifying your pipeline and managing your high potentials. Whether you are thinking about who to promote, how to identify your successor or how to be a better manager, this list of things to consider along with some key questions to ponder is a good place to start. In this blog series, we are exploring 25 ways to keep your great employees engaged and help them continue to out-perform everyone else.
This week we examine openness to innovation.
Case 6: Great leaders are always open to feedback and new ideas because they are always seeking out ways to get better in their own role and help others get better at their job. Curiosity will prompt them to seek out unique possibilities and to not dismiss people who may have revolutionary ideas.
16. Does the person you are considering for a leadership role seem to embrace opportunities to improve and actually follow through on them?
17. Does he or she ask for honest feedback?
18. Is he or she brutally open-minded?
19. Does he or she ask good questions and show curiosity and humility?
To read other blog posts including more of the “25 Questions to Ponder to Improve Your Talent Pipeline and Manage Your High,” visit
- Part 1 – Where You’re Spending Your Time
- Part 2 – Developing Your Subject-Matter Experts (SMEs)
- Part 3 – Politicians vs. Performers
- Part 4 – Leadership Attention to Talent
- Part 5 – Leadership: Do They Want It and Are They Ready?
- Part 6 – Openness to Innovation
- Part 7 – The Purpose Behind Leadership
Brent Proulx, M.S., SPHR is a Management and Leadership Consultant for Talent Plus. He is passionate about helping people and organizations become more successful at what they do through the creation, implementation and perfection of strength-based measures for selection, development and coaching.
Management and Leadership Consultant