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The art of recruiting the best staff for your business can reveal your leadership style.  Those people you choose will be responsible to fur...

The art of recruiting the best staff for your business can reveal your leadership style. 

Those people you choose will be responsible to further the vision of the company.

By @Comic24Derick

Staff recruitment and retention should not be left to the human resources department, it is must be a shared responsibility. When your companies recruit the right motivated people, you will succeed.

Vision is people-centered

Recruiting the right staff to execute your vision is leadership, Leila Janah, the late American businesswoman said.

“True leadership isn’t about having an idea,” the founder and CEO of Sama and LXMI said. “It’s about having an idea and recruiting other people to execute on this vision.”

Still, on vision, Jim Collins had the right foresight when he said, “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” 

For the record, Collins is an American researcher, author, speaker, and consultant focusing on business management, company sustainability, and growth.

Strategy without humans is worthless

The right personnel is an asset, but there is a need to appeal to their hearts and minds as well. How this can be done was answered by Renee West.
“If you find someone who’s great, don’t wait until there’s a job opening.” (Image: Pixels) 
 “You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don’t have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none comes to life.”

This is supported by a quote attributed to past Honeywell and General Electric executive.

“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people,” Lawrence Bossidy said. “I’m convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and development of people, not strategies.”

Hire smarter people

According to Malcolm Forbes, “Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.” An employee should prove his worth by delivering.

Again, Bill Gates shares the same perception. “The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people.” And their results are there to prove this concept.

Remuneration is important to every employer; however, passion must precede money when hiring your staff. “Don’t hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for the love of it,” cautioned renowned philosopher, Henry David Thoreau.

Professionals are a necessary expense

Always implement the right staff recruitment process, because an amateur can cost you more if not all. “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur,” Lou Adler said.

Paul Russel was prepared to spend more to recruit the right people. “Development can help great people be even better–but if I had a dollar to spend, I’d spend 70 cents getting the right person in the door.”

Every company requires the right people management skills. Who else can put this in perceptive other than Lou Adler? 

“Hiring a person based on an economic need is unlikely to inspire the person to work at peak levels, especially once the economic need is met,” said Amazon’s best-selling author of Hire With Your Head.

Adler, adds, “In my opinion, it's better to offer a person an incentive to grow, a chance to maximize their abilities, and to become better at what they want to do.”

Motivation matters

“Never ever hire someone who is not highly motivated to do the work you want done,” Adler, warns, while Lee Iacocca, agrees, “Management is nothing more than motivating other people.”

American technology entrepreneur and academic, Vivek Wadhwa is uncompromising on talent recruitment. “Recruiting talent is no different than any other challenge a startup faces. It’s all about selling.”

Jack Welch concurs with both Iacocca and Wadhwa, stating that, “If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it, you almost don’t have to manage them.”

Great minds think alike

Your personality is central to hiring the best minds, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe is convinced. “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”

To yield the best result, Iacocca prefers not to interfere, opting for a hands-off approach. “I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way,” adding that, “Hire character. Train skill.”

Your staff recruitment methods should identify the right character that is willing to go further, according to Andrew Carnegie. “You can’t push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.” 

Whether you use staff recruitment services, the “Time spent on hiring is time well spent,” said Robert Half.

Allow room for growth

The personnel, you hire will reflect your vision. “You’re not just recruiting employees, but are sowing the seeds of your reputation,” mentions Wadhwa.

However, Adler, warns that it is vital to identify employees with room to grow. “As with a pair of child’s shoes, it’s always best to find new employees with to grow into.”

Speed the recruitment process to attract the best into your company, advice Gates. “If you find someone who’s great, don’t wait until there’s a job opening.”

Steve Jobs’ secret to success

Success has everything with hiring the best people, Steve Jobs discovered. “The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world,” the late Apple Inc co-founder said.

Staff recruitment and selection remain central to Jim Collins. 

“If I were running a company today, I would have one priority above all others: to acquire as many of the best people as I could [because] the single biggest constraint on the success of my organization is the ability to get and to hang on to enough of the right people.”

Leaders are made not born

Always, invest and take care of the welfare of those around you to get the best results, H. S. M Burns said. “A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his career but rather the careers of those who work for him.”

Finally, Warren Bennis dispels the myth of leaders being born.

“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true,” the late scholar argued. “Leaders are made rather than born.”

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