The question of the decade is, ‘Are there qualified and talented leaders to fill open positions?’
Experts say that there is a world-wide labour shortage that has already begun and will continue for the next 50 years.
Recruiting talented leaders is essential for success in today’s business arena.
Leaders of the 21st Century are expected to develop an organisation with a positive culture that can compete in the global market.
This includes empowering employees, allowing flexible work schedules, celebrating creative and breakthrough ideas, and ingraining the company’s vision into everyday activities at work.
Hiring the right employees into the right positions and improving the quality of the work experience enhances productivity and assists in creating a positive culture, which leads to a positive bottom line. The value of intellectual human capital in today’s organisations cannot be underestimated as talented employees signify the sustainable competitive advantage.
Without the support, vision, and championing of senior leadership, the effective change of any organisation towards embracing a positive culture will not be possible.
Leaders need to build guiding teams and communicate the vision in a manner that will obtain employee buy-in. It is important to celebrate small wins and realise that change is a gradual process.
In today’s competitive labour market, recruiting leaders who match the organisation’s desired culture and vision is not an easy task. Organisations must portray themselves as exemplary to prospective applicants much as they do for prospective customers.
Organisations today cannot afford to have a negative image. They must treat all applicants with dignity and respect as they may one day affect the organisation’s business success as employees, customers or shareholders.
Organisations that create effective executive recruitment and succession plans will realise a benefit to their operations, but recruiting more diverse leaders continues to be a challenge. Drafting a tantalising job advertisement that includes what is unique about the organisation, what is exciting about the position offered, the benefits and details of the growth opportunities, assists in tempting talented people to apply for positions even if they are not actively looking to change.
An effective and successful recruitment process identifies the candidate’s competencies and pinpoints the best fit for the candidate within the organisation.
The recruitment process should include a behavioural interview using recruiters who possess the professional background and best practice expertise to select the right people for the job.
To improve the effectiveness of recruitment initiatives organisations need to:
• Create a positive organisational attitude;
• Expand global recruiting efforts;
• Continually upgrade systems to include open communication;
• Implement user-friendly recruitment processes;
• And make leaders accountable to manage the process.
Improvements to these functions will lead to obtaining better quality resumes and hiring the right candidates.
Hiring a committed, cohesive and aligned leadership team is paramount to success.
Once talented leaders are in place to establish and maintain a positive culture then support, empathy, communication and opportunities for participation encourage the employees to embrace and maintain the organisational vision, and allow them to contribute to the business success.
Leaders must recognise and believe in the mission and vision in order for the positive culture to be successful. Leaders must also initiate the valued outcomes including specific performance outcomes and concrete business objectives which are measured to evaluate success. Establishing reinforcement behaviours such as linking rewards to desired performance organisation-wide will lead to a desired positive culture.
And a positive culture assists in attracting and retaining high performing employees, which is the ultimate competitive advantage.
In today’s world, the successful facilitation of the selection and development of leaders who can establish and maintain a positive culture is crucial in recruiting high performing employees and ensuring the sustainability of any organisation’s strategic initiatives.
Mrs. Becky Kalahiki, PHR, is a member of the Deloitte Human Capital Consulting team. She is a global human resources and project management professional with over ten years of international human resources, finance and strategic business management experience. She is a member of the Cayman Islands Society for Human Resources Professionals, Society for Human Resources Management, and the Association for Psychological Type.