I read recently in the book "Hacking Leadership" by Mike Myatt that 100 hiring managers, executives, and HR managers were surveyed, asking them what one characteristic or attribute they look for in a new hire? Skills, time management, intelligence, and commitment to work long hours were just a few of the dominating answers. Only two answered with integrity and character.
REALLY!? If that is representative of how businesses are hiring, 98% of organizations are getting it wrong. No wonder why we suffered an economic collapse in 2008! Leaders are building organizations based on immediate contributions from new hires and neglecting to evaluate how well they actually fit that organization's values and culture.
I see far too many businesses have nicely written values, only to make decisions and actions that are not in alignment with those values. Or worse, they have no written or stated values at all. Hiring people is very critical as an example. If you are not building your culture based on your values, your culture is going to suffer greatly. It starts with the people you bring on board. Knowledge and skills will get your short term gains, but if your people are not bought in to your vision, mission, and values, you will not experience long term growth.
The seed to any culture is . You then must tie those values to your PURPOSE. Without those in place, you cannot build a "Leadership Culture." Everything you do, any decisions you make, the decisions your people make must align with those values and purpose. Hiring people who share these values, and purpose fit you organization much better than someone with greater skills and knowledge, but does not share them.
If your business is struggling to hire the right people, ask yourself if you are asking the right questions, and if you are looking at skills more than you are looking at the values of your prospective candidates? Slow down and don't be in a rush to hire the first warm body with the right skills. Find the skills within someone who shares your values and your purpose. You won't be sorry.
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