Wise leaders look at what an employee can do rather than what he cannot do.
The lesson for leaders who evaluate people — that is, every leader — is to adopt a “glass half-full” versus a “glass half-empty” attitude. An executive who is evaluating talent should ask three questions about the individual:
- Does this person have the skills to do the job?
- What has been holding this person back from achieving?
- What can I do to help this person succeed?
Talent is not a commodity. It is the lifeblood of the enterprise and those leaders who look for it, nurture it, and seek to capitalize on it are ones who achieve their objectives.