By Chidomere Ndubuisi

- January 8, 2023

Dear CEO,

Identifying hidden talents and leaders in a business can be a challenging task, as these individuals may not always be the most vocal or visible in the workplace. However, there are a few strategies you can use to help identify these individuals:

Observe and listen: Pay attention to the people around you and listen to what they have to say. Look for individuals who are creative problem-solvers or who consistently come up with new and innovative ideas.

Seek out diverse perspectives: Diversity of thought is often a key factor in finding hidden talents and leaders. Encourage open and honest communication and be open to hearing different perspectives, even if they differ from your own.

Offer opportunities for growth and development: Provide your employees with opportunities to learn new skills, take on additional responsibilities, and stretch themselves. This can help identify individuals who are willing to take on challenges and excel in new areas.

Look for people who are proactive: Leaders are often proactive and take initiative, rather than waiting to be told what to do. Look for individuals who are proactive in seeking out new opportunities and finding ways to contribute to the success of the business.

Pay attention to body language and nonverbal cues: Sometimes, the way an individual communicates can be just as important as what they are saying. Pay attention to body language and nonverbal cues, as these can provide insight into an individual’s confidence, leadership abilities, and potential for success.

Take time to observe and appreciate the hidden leaders in your business.

Those team members without title, rank, or leadership position show passion, love, energy, excitement, and enthusiasm for their work, believing in the good it brings to customers and stakeholders.

In my business journey, I have learnt that leaders are not always the top people in the business with big tittles/ranks but True Leaders are the ones that exercise special commitment and dedication, genuine love and integrity that brings the Company’s Value Promise to life.

You see those smart, competent, energetic, impressive, and focused team members are the powerhouse of your business, but most times, they work unrecognized and unappreciated.

You will have to identify and nurture these quiet and hidden leaders in your business to maximize their positive impacts on your business.

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