One of the main challenges for any organization is finding the right people. This is true no matter the size or type of organization. It’s especially crucial for start-up companies where every person matters and hiring mistakes can be very costly.
In fact, I’ve written before that in my humble opinion, a leader’s most important task is to select the right people, and place them in the right position within their organization. That will enable the company to perform at its best and be successful in the long-run.
But who is the right person? What are the main attributes or skills that make her “the right person”? That is the most critical element of recruiting or selecting the right people for your team.
I personally place a high value on people that are trustworthy; fast learners that can take initiatives and lead them; problem solvers (not just problem reporters); effective team players.
And yet, if I need to choose only one attribute that describes the people I want on my team I would say: dependable.
These are the people that no matter what, you know that you can rely on to get the job done. They will find a way, and they will always come through for you, and for their team.
In conclusion, the dependables are those you will take with you to your next company. They are the backbone of your company. And, they are a select few. So, if you are lucky enough to find them you must do what it takes to retain them.
Finally, as leaders we are only as good as the people we have on our team. So, my advice: find people you can depend on.
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