Is it time for organisations to move away from traditional leadership programmes when seeking to fill key strategic roles? This fascinating article discusses the benefits of taking a more proactive approach to unearthing hidden talent. By 'hunting', 'fishing' and 'trawling' for those with leadership potential rather than just 'harvesting' those that display obvious leadership traits, an organisation can identify the next generation of great leaders - those who previously would have remained undiscovered.
Technology increasingly supports a hunting mentality. Many personnel databases are sufficiently robust to enable scans of employees’ educational and training background, their work history, and leadership experiences outside the organisation. By acknowledging that overlooked leaders can be identified through more proactive efforts, executives should be able to reshape their leadership culture, increase the available talent, save on recruiting costs, and raise retention rates.