To be a successful Recruiter, you need to be a passionate leader. Recruiters are often underestimated as merely being the middle man (as opposed to leaders) between Job seekers and employers. While this is the condensed description of the basic function, Recruiters are in fact a source of empowerment which binds opportunity to success.
In order to produce such results, Recruiters need to learn to lead. Contrary to most beliefs, leadership is not a quality reserved to a select few, lucky enough to have been born with. Leadership is behaviour and just as in classical conditioning, behaviour can and is a learnt function.
Leadership qualities can be innate, but the great news is that they too can be learnt applied and mastered with some time and know how. The behaviour of a leader is an apparent reflection of integrity, morality, sound ethics and trust. A leader would not be a leader if they could not instil trust and without these elements trust would fail to exist. True to trust, these characteristics must at best be authentic and not based on manipulative objectives but rather a solid belief and genuine passion.
Anyone can develop themselves into a leader, Tips in developing leadership qualities:
1: Develop Your Confidence
The most successful leader believes in their personal potential and what they are capable of accomplishing. Take a good gander at your confidence levels and how self-assured you are about your own personal potential and where this is lacking start to believe. Believe in your ability and have faith that you are destined to succeed. Leaders are self-assured, confidant in themselves and assertive. They are not afraid of making mistakes and accept that even the most determined leader is still going to make a mistake now and then.
2: Don’t Shy Away from hard Work
Too often we seek short-cuts and quick solutions to an end, as opposed to stepping up to good old-fashioned hard work. In the time that we live we constantly seek ways to improve our efficiency and time management which is not the wrong thing to do, however this should never be done at the expense of learning the lesson that is required for growth. Leaders are never afraid of putting in the hours, learning the lessons and making sacrifices if doing so will result in them achieving a worthy and important goal. With a driven direction and unsurpassed energy levels, long hours and hard work will not stand in your way of developing into a keen leader.
3 :Assess your Integrity
As mentioned before, leadership and developing such skills is about building trust. Trust relies on your level of integrity, business ethics and taking responsibility for your actions. Without integrity people will fail to trust you and without trust you will fail to lead. Take a good look at the level of your integrity and decide if this is something that needs some of your attention. By conducting yourself in the most upstanding manner possible and treating those around you the way you expect to be treated will authentically boost your integrity and show those you seek to lead that you are perfectly capable of doing so in terms of fairness, honesty and superior levels of integrity.
4: Set Measurable Goals
By setting measurable goals, not only do these inject drive and motive into your pursuits but by measuring their outcome and your success, acts as a form of leadership learning in itself. By continuously assessing your progress, getting feedback from those around you and improving where ‘scores’ may be weak ensures that the learning of leadership qualities occurs in a continuously driven direction.
5:Don’t be afraid to Commit
Quality leaders never shy away from responsibility or commitment to things that they believe in. If something is important in achieving your goals as a leader don’t be afraid to take ownership of this. In doing so and displaying your commitment, you too show those around you that you are willing and able to steer the ship through still or troubled waters. Committing to the leadership role you wish to play further instills confidence in those that you ‘lead’ and assure them that you will not abandon them or the cause that you are all working towards.
6: Continually Work on Building Relationships
Relationship building and working towards developing long-term relationships should be applied with client’s relationships as well as those that you lead internally. Healthy relationships reflect quality leadership skills and the commitment required to build such relationships on a long-term basis.
By turning inward and looking at leadership traits that you currently posses and those that you wish to develop, will ensure your success in building apt leadership behaviours moving forward through your career. Learning how to be a great recruitment leader may take some time but with each application of a determined leadership quality, each step forward will be one in the direction of reaching your leadership goals.