I am often approached by employees asking what I look for in future leaders in my organization.

I’ve got great results… but ….”how can I get promoted?”

Over the years, I have shared a long and growing list…


  • unwavering integrity
  • confident humility
  • passionate vision
  • teamwork down, up, and sideways
  • energetic creativity
  • change leadership
  • zealousness for employee development

Which then leads to the next question…how can I develop these skills and get noticed?

Again I have a list…

  • Develop a gaggle of fantastic mentors
  • Look at leaders you admire, and learn those skills
  • Pay even closer attention to leaders who annoy you, and figure out why
  • Take lateral moves that make you an all-terrain player
  • Volunteer for special projects
  • Talk to people who are doing your dream job, learn what it takes, and express interest

I’ve come to realize that these lists are a lot of advice, and more than any human being can take in one sitting.  Conversations like this can be overwhelming and feel like a bit of a development deluge.

These days my list is more simple.

When looking for future leader in my organization, I consider 3 questions:

  1. How well do you know yourself– are you working to grow as a leader?
  2. Do your results last?
  3. What do your people say about you?

Every organization is different… and what is needed and valued from leaders will vary as well.  Across organizations and contexts, these 3 questions have held constant.

What are your top 3?  How are you inspiring the best answers to these questions in yourself and others?

Karin Hurt
Karin hurt is CEO of Let's Grow Leaders, a leadership consulting firm focused on helping companies achieve transformational results by building rock-solid frontline leadership teams.She has a diverse background of executive leadership experience in sales, customer service, call centers, human resources, merger integration, training and leadership development-- the last 20 years of which have been with Verizon.She most recently served as Executive Director of the Strategic Partnership Channel at Verizon Wireless where she transformed customer service outsourcing, working with companies and call centers to build great customer experiences and strong cultures. Her high-trust, high-collaboration approach has led to substantial improvement across the portfolio, with centers performing at parity or above internal centers.Prior to that she led a large Verizon Wireless sales team (2000+) leading the Nation in store sales to the Small and Medium business space. Her book, Overcoming an Imperfect Boss: A Practical Guide To Building a Better Relationship With Your Boss is available on Amazon. Karin has an BA in Communication from Wake Forest University, an MA from Towson University in Organizational Communication, and additional graduate work at the University of Maryland, where she taught communications classes.She was recently recognized as one of the top 100 thought leaders in Trusted Business Behavior by Trust Across America and as Multiplier of the Year by the Wiseman Group.Karin lives in Baltimore with her husband and two sons. She knows the long road of the marathon runner and the joy of good song, all of which inform her leadership.
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