As companies look to develop the next generation of leaders, it’s important to spot the difference between high performers, and those with high potential. The ability to meet or exceed performance goals is great, but performance doesn’t necessarily determine a great leader.
High potential (HiPo) employees in any organization comprise typically 5-8% of the total employee base and they always stand out in every situation, especially the ones that challenging.
Who are HiPos?
According to CEB, three major features define a HiPO. These include aspiration, ability and engagement. In a nutshell, a HiPo is an employee who has the ability, aspiration and engagement to rise and succeed in senior and critical positions within an organization.
Characteristics of HiPo Employees
What are the characteristics that differentiate a HiPo from other employees? Here’s a look:
#1. Extremely proactive about their careers
HiPos are extremely proactive and are always on the lookout for new opportunities. They always seek ways and means to grab opportunities to be successful at work. They understand that acquiring new skills are a must in order to reach up to the next level.
#2. Always eager to learn
Instead of focusing on one particular area and specializing on it, HiPos choose to find ways to create values that can create an impact across the organization through their presence. Their adaptability to change, their ability to learn quickly and their willingness to develop others, often leads to new leadership roles and opportunities.
#3. Receptive to feedback and extremely adaptable
While high potential employees exhibit a lot of confidence, they are aware that they continuously need to sharpen the saw. They are not only receptive to feedback, but strive to use it toward self-improvement. The perceive feedback as a stepping stone to further their developments.
HiPos understand that adaptability is the key to survive in the workplace. They not only survive during times of uncertainty but also thrive by ensuring control over the situation.
#4. Committed to the organization
High potential employees are highly engaged, always want to do more and go that extra mile to see a future for themselves in the organization. They show commitment to the organization by being involved in identifying challenges, finding solutions, creating opportunities
#5. Assertive but humble
One of the best characteristic feature of a HiPo employees is that they are assertive as well as humble. They understand that assertiveness is the key that differentiates them, and ensures empathy and sense of purpose.
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