This video presents the basic definition of potential and discusses if potential is “born” or “made”. Although there are some innate characteristics that may make someone more likely to become a high potential, it is possible to develop the skills and qualities that make someone considered high potential. This video outlines the five qualities that distinguish high potentials including motivation, ambition, determination, adaptability, and curiosity.
- Three things set high potentials apart from the rest. Sure, they deliver great results, but they also have three characteristics that predict their success. Ambition, ability, and commitment. It's these qualities that will help them quickly rise to more senior roles in your organization, surpassing their peers. So, let's go a little deeper and take a look at these three characteristics in detail. First, what's most apparent is strong ambition.
You've seen these individuals in your organization: those who want to leave their mark on the business. They take pride in doing something that's never been done before. Think about that challenging project that everyone else thought was impossible. Did someone raise their hand and step up to take it on? Might be a high potential, because they want challenging opportunities they can learn from to help them move up quickly in the organization. The second characteristic is ability.
High potentials have the ability to exceed their goals and deliver extraordinary results. But, it's not just about high performance. High potentials have the ability to learn fast and adapt to new situations quickly. They have the unique ability to learn faster than others by stepping outside their comfort zone. Many of us are uncomfortable with that. High potentials aren't. They handle ambiguity well, are curious, and don't shy away from change.
Third is commitment. Not surprised? You know the employees who are truly committed. They're proud to work at your company and are passionate about your products and services. What's different about high potentials is their intense commitment to your strategic direction. They want to learn about your business and have an impact on your direction. When high potentials see that you're including them in the direction of the company, preparing them to take on senior roles, and constantly challenging them, they're much more likely to remain committed to your organization.
But remember, don't just look to your high performers. Plan for the future, and look for ambition, ability, and commitment to help you target high potentials. Knowing what makes them unique will help you hire, motivate, and retain them in your organization. Ultimately, high potentials will become your future leaders and drive your business performance.