How Do You Hire Someone With the Ability to Lead?

If candidates can’t lead themselves, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to lead others.

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Live 2018, Michael Hyatt—author, speaker and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company—discusses how to hire people who are skilled in leading themselves. Do this by looking for indicators of a commitment to self-care. 

“How can you hire people [who] prioritize self-care?” asks Michael. “You can tell by what kind of shape they're in… Do they have friends? If you don't have time for friends, that's an indication that you're not taking care of yourself. You're working too much. What's the quality of your family life?”

Watch the video to learn more indicators to spot candidates who truly prioritize self-care.


TAKEAWAYS
- Ask questions about the quality of someone’s friendships.
- Look for the ability to develop good relationships.
- Look to hire people who know how to build margin.

    People may wonder, if you trying to hire people, how can you hire people that prioritize self-care? You can actually tell. You can tell by what kind of shape they're in, do they seem energetic? Does it look like they're taking care of themselves? Do they sound like they're taking care of themselves? In addition to that, evaluate the quality of their closest relationships. First of all, do they have friends? If you don't have time for friends, that's an indication that you're not taking care of yourself. You're working too much. What's the quality of your family life?

    This is why, one of the things that we do before we hire somebody, is we always like to take the person we're considering out to dinner, if they're married, with their spouse. Because we can tell so much by how they relate to one another and that tells us a lot about the self-care.

    One of the results of a culture where self-care is really practiced is that people have not just the time margin, not just the physical margin but the emotional margin to be engaged and to love one another. You know, when you're strung out and you're working 60, 70, 80 hours a week, you don't have any emotional capacity left for anything. Not for the family, probably not for your dog. But when you don't work that much and you're taking care of yourself, suddenly you're more productive at work and you're able to give. You're able to see beyond your own needs and see the needs of other people.
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    Michael Hyatt

    Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership development firm specializing in transformative live events, workshops, and digital and physical planning tools. 

    Formerly chairman and CEO of Tho...

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